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Monica Lewinsky Is Heading To Australia For Melbourne’s New Feminist Ideas Festival, Broadside

Monica Lewinsky is coming to Australia for her first ever speaking tour to headline Melbourne’s brand new festival of feminist ideas, Broadside.

Best known for having a White House sex scandal named after her (former US President Bill Clinton’s infamous #Monicagate), the anti-bullying activist and Vanity Fair writer will appear in conversation to discuss her experiences of online harassment culture.

“There’s no better person placed in our culture to discuss online bullying and harassment than Monica Lewinsky,” Broadside director Tam Zimet tells Guardian Australia.

“Her story has been co-opted and manipulated and used for personal and political gain for purposes that have nothing to do with her for two decades. And it’s taken this long for the culture to catch up. She has been talking about this for two decades and finally she’s in control of her narrative, and finally we all understand what that means.”

Hosted by Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, the Broadside festival will happen will happen at Melbourne’s Town Hall on November 9th and 10th, featuring a boss lineup of more than 30 high-profile Aussie and international guests including Zadie Smith, Helen Garner, Mona Eltahawy, Ariel Levy, Courtney Barnett, Aileen Moreton-Robinson and more.

“We wanted to create a program that’s celebratory but also one with tricky and nuanced conversations,” Zimet says.

The programming will feature panels on contemporary political topics including feminism and capitalism, “decolonising” feminism, speaking up for one’s rights, and negotiating public space as a woman, with other speakers including pioneering Indigenous Australian feminist Aileen Moreton-Robinson, plus writers Fatima Bhutto, Ruby Hamad, Nayuka Gorrie and more.

Catch all the details below!

Meanwhile, those in Sydney can also catch Monica speaking at UNTHINKABLE, the latest series of talks from UNSW Centre for Ideas, happening across November 7-9, presented in partnership with Carriageworks.

Broadside 2019 Lineup

Monica Lewinsky

Zadie Smith

Jamila Rizvi

Courtney Barnett

Jia Tolentino

Nayuka Gorrie

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Curtis Sittenfeld

Raquel Willis

Helen Garner

Fatima Bhutto

Ruby Hamad

Michelle Law

Gala Vanting

Jax Jacki Brown

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Aminatou Sow

Aretha Brown

Bhenji Ra

Caroline Martin

Claire Wright

Fran Kelly

Helen Garner

Intan Paramaditha

Jamila Rizvi

Jan Fran

Maria Tumarkin

Mehreen Faruqi

Mona Eltahawy

Nayuka Gorrie

Nicole Kalms

Nicole Lee

Patricia Cornelius

Santilla Chingaipe

Sarah Krasnostein

Sisonke Msimang

Sophie Black

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Broadside 2019

Saturday, 9th – Sunday, 10th November

Town Hall, Melbourne

Tickets: Official Website

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