Finding Nevo/Ironbark

Community, Gender and Identity

Jay Carmichael + Nevo Zisin + Krissy Kneen

The Edge, State Library of Queensland

Culture/Social Equity



#About the event


Jay Carmichael

Jay Carmichael

Jay Carmichael is a writer and editor. His first novel, Ironbark, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. His writing has been published by beyondblue and appeared widely in print and online, including in Overland, The Guardian, SBS, and The Telling Tree project.

Jay lives and works in Melbourne.

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin

Nevo is a Jewish, Queer, non-binary activist, public speaker and author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. They run workshops and professional development in schools and workplaces around gender inclusivity. They have appeared on television, documentaries and radio discussing their complex relationship with gender.

Nevo is a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives. They have appeared on SBS Insight, Hack Live, One Plus One, The Morning Show and have spoken at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Writers Festival, and smaller festivals around the country.

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir—Affection—and fiction: Wintering, An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television.


Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts received her PhD in Philosophy from The University of Queensland, Australia, where she currently teaches Gender Studies and Philosophy. Although she now resides in Australia, Laura was born and raised in South Africa and began her undergraduate studies in Drama and Philosophy at The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Her research interests emerge from the field of post-colonial/decolonial theory and feminist philosophy, particularly the work of Luce Irigaray and Gayatri Spivak.

Laura is currently finalising her monograph, Luce Irigaray and Politics, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (2018), in which she explores the question of the political in Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of sexuate difference. Her new research question(s), evolving out of her work in this book and time spent in Barcelona, explore the links between feminist theory and the feminisation of politics in the new international municipalist movement, with a particular focus on the strategies and policies of Barcelona en Comú.

Laura is co-director of The Irigaray Circle ( and is a founding member of the community-based Queensland School of Continental Philosophy ( that seeks to bring philosophical and political conversations back into the wider community.

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