Thursday 7 March
Doors Open 6pm. Event begins 6:30pm
The Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration is a free community event held annually by the Darebin City Council in celebration of International Women's Day. The event is a tribute to respected Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM, who worked tirelessly to advance the rights of women and seniors.
The 2019 oration will include:
Keynote Speaker: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue.
Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015. Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award.
The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and Stella Prize.
The Patchwork Bike, Maxine's first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.
MC: Lorraine Ngwenya
Lorraine Ngwenya is the founder of Useful Link; an organisation that seeks to empower young people in areas of employment and personal development. They do this by running workshops in schools, giving young people the skills they need to navigate the world of work. Lorraine believes young people have many challenges that face them and it is her goal to help as many young people be ready for the future of work and take hold of their own paths. She is invested in being a part of the conversation and work around changing our education system to reflect where the workplace is headed.
Artist: Dear Matilda
As an only child Dear Matilda is used to being the centre of attention, which is reflected in her live shows as she performs solo with a steel string acoustic guitar and a dynamic voice bursting with passion. Being raised listening to Louis Jordan, Rosetta Tharpe, The Who and The Kinks, she then developed her own love for the works of Passenger, Amy Winehouse, John Butler and Ben Howard.
Dear Matilda - though mainly acoustic folk - dabbles in music inspired by many different genres. Currently undertaking a Bachelor of Sound Production at Box Hill Institute, she is in the process of self-composing and recording her debut EP.
The event will include light refreshments.
This is Darebin’s main event celebrating International Women’s Day. For further info about other events taking place celebrating IWD, visit www.darebin.vic.gov.au/iwd
FREE with bookings required.
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Main Hall
189 High St, Northcote.
Running time 90min minutes.
Suitable for all ages.
We are an accessible venue, and accept Companion Cards, please call the Box Office on 8470 8280 to make your booking or to confirm your requirements.
LOCATION: Northcote Town Hall