Join us for our second Twilight Talk as we take on the big question of change and how to achieve it. Each of our panellists works tirelessly and effectively as an agent of change and a powerful advocate for their ideas and communities. Scott Ludlam is an activist, writer and former Deputy Leader of the Greens. Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a celebrated author and founder of the Sweatshop Literacy Movement that promotes writers and literature in and from Western Sydney. Joelle Taylor is a poet, social activist and fierce advocate for vulnerable and marginalised communities.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad debut novel, The Tribe, won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award and his second, The Lebs, was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Mohammed is the founding director of the Sweatshop Literacy Movement. His most recent novel is The Other Half of You.
Scott Ludlam was a Senator representing WA from 2008 to 2017 and served as deputy leader of the Australian Greens. He has also worked as a filmmaker, artist and graphic designer. Full Circle is his first book, the fruit of a life of activism, study and travel.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author. Her most recent collection, C+NTO & Othered Poems, won the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize and was named by The Telegraph, the New Statesman, The White Review & Times Literary Supplement as one of the best poetry books of 2021. Joelle founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines, and is a co-curator and host of Out- Spoken Live, the UK’s premier poetry and music club currently resident at the Southbank Centre. She is the commissioning editor at Out-Spoken Press 2020-2022.