Past Event

Bittersweet Dreams: a conversation with Amal Awad, Simone A Jordan facilitated by Ruby Hamad

November 25, 2023 2:00 pm — Tickets $10 + BF
8 Victoria Rd Parramatta

A Conversation with Amal Award and Simone A. Jordan

Attendees joined three brilliant Arab-Australian women who have blazed their own paths through the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and mainstream media in this engaging panel at Arts & Cultural Exchange, Parramatta. In celebration of their new books, authors Ruby Hamad and Amal Awad, and journalist Simone Amelia Jordan talked about their work across forms and navigating the media industry.

Books were sold on the day through Better Read Than Dead.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, November 25th – 2 PM to 4 PM

Location: Arts & Cultural Exchange, Parramatta

Ticket Price: $10 + booking fee


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This event took place in a safe and welcoming space at Arts & Cultural Exchange.
This event is proudly presented by Omar Sakr and Arts & Cultural Exchange.

About the panelists

Amal Awad is a writer, director and performer. As a journalist, she has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, ELLE, Meanjin and Frankie, and has produced and presented for ABC Radio National. Amal is the author of eight books, which include both fiction and non-fiction titles. Her new novel, Bitter & Sweet, is out now.
Simone Amelia Jordan is Australia’s most successful hip-hop journalist, with a career spanning print, radio, TV and digital media. At twenty-three, she founded Urban Hitz, the country’s highest-selling rap and R&B publication. Later, in New York City, she served as the content director of The Source, the iconic ‘Hip-Hop Bible’ that inspired her reporting and social consciousness. A passionate advocate for equity and inclusion, Simone fosters the development of emerging talent at Media Diversity Australia and Diversity Arts Australia. She also mentors young women through her boutique agency, Higher Ground. Tell Her She’s Dreamin’, the 2021 Richell Prize winner, is her first book.

Ruby Hamad is an author and academic with a journalism background. Her best-selling debut book WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS traces the role that White Womanhood and feminism have played in the development of Western power structures. The non-fiction book was inspired by her viral 2018 essay ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Colour’, which was published in Guardian Australia and became a global flashpoint for discussions of race and gender. Her columns, analysis, literary reviews and essays have featured in Australian publications The Saturday Paper, Meanjin, Crikey and Eureka St, and internationally in The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, The New York Times, and Gen Medium.

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