My Story, My Way
Winnie Dunn + Sione Filipe Totau + Michael Mohammed Ahmad
slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Many people do not have the privilege of telling their own story. Often it is something they have to fight for, justify or be patient for the right time. This session will explore and celebrate the power that comes with telling our own stories, our own way.
Panel: Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sione Felipe Totau
Chair: Winnie Dunn
Winnie Dunn is the General Manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, including Another Australia (Affirm Press, 2022). She is a writer of Tongan descent from Mount Druitt and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Sydney University. Her work has been published in The Guardian, HuffPost Australia, Griffith Review, Meanjin and SBS Voices. In 2022, she was a finalist for Western Sydney University's Breakthrough Alumni Award. Winnie is currently completing her debut novel, Dirt Poor Islanders (Hachette, 2024), which has been assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Sione Filipe Totau
Sione Filipe Totau, known as Mano, was one of six Tongan boys who spent 15 months marooned on a Pacific island.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and editor of After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020). His debut novel, The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014), won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs (Hachette, 2018) received the 2019 NSW Premier's Multicultural Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. His latest novel is The Other Half of You (Hachette, 2021).