Artists & presenters

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Meeting Place 2022 will feature national and international artists, arts leaders and presenters across a diverse, three-day program.

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Keynote Address

Caro Llewellyn

Day 1: Keynote Address

Caro Llewellyn is CEO of the Wheeler Centre and the author of four works of non-fiction including the 2020 Stella Prize shortlisted memoir, Diving into Glass. She’s also the former director of several large scale literary festivals, including Sydney Writers’ Festival and the PEN World Voices Festival chaired by Salman Rushdie in New York.

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Caro began her life in literature as a publicist, before being appointed as the artistic director and CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival (2002–2006). She was also responsible for the first-ever writer’s talk at the Sydney Opera House, later programming the series The Opera House Talks.

In 2006, Llewellyn was recruited by Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie to run the fledgling PEN World Voices Festival he’d established for the human rights organisation, PEN America, in New York City.

Llewellyn was also the artistic director of both the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York (2013–2015) and the Paris-based Festival des Écrivains du Monde for Columbia University (2012–2015).

In 2019, her memoir Diving into Glass was published by Hamish Hamilton and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2020. Most recently, she has established Together-Remotely.com, a ticketed online programme of live curated events designed to support writers, readers, booksellers and publishers impacted by COVID-19 closures.

Featured speakers, artists and curators

Ade Djajamihardja

A2K Media

Writer, Producer and Co-Founder of A2K Media

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Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans essays, poetry and dance

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Andi Snellng

Andi Snelling is a multi-award-winning performer, writer and director.

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Artemis Munoz

Artemis is a multidisciplinary artist primarily known for their work in Independent Theatre and Cabaret.

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Beau Windon

Beau Windon is a neurodivergent writer of Wiradjuri heritage based in Naarm.

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Carly Findlay

Melbourne Fringe

Carly is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist.

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Dan Graham

Dan Graham is a Theatre Director and a Disability Advocate with a particular interest in access support for neuro-diverse performing artists.

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Eliza Hull

Eliza Hull is a contemporary musician, audio producer and disability activist.

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Emily Dash

Emily Dash is an emerging writer, actor, producer and speaker.

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Elvin Lam

Elvin Lam is a Deaf freelance dancer, actor and visual artist.

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Fayen D’Evie

Fayen d’Evie is an artist and writer, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, and now living in the bushlands of unceded Jaara country, Australia.

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Fiona Tuomy

Fiona Tuomy is an inclusive storytelling specialist.

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Gayle Kennedy

Gayle is an author and editor, and was the inaugural editor of Writing Place in 2020.

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Jamila Main

Jamila Main is a queer, disabled artist, and an ambulatory wheelchair user.

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Jessica Obersby

Writers Victoria

Jessica is an emerging writer and Writeability Program Manager at Writers Victoria.

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Joshua Pether

Joshua is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties.

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Kath Duncan

Raconteur, journalist, disability arts legend Super Freak Kath Duncan has been in the sector since the 1980s and has travelled around the world spruiking Disability Arts Love.

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Larissa MacFarlane

Larissa is a queer feminist visual artist and disability activist based in Naarm/Melbourne.

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Lefa Singleton Norton

Meeting Place Manager

Arts Access Australia

Lefa is a disabled freelance writer and creative producer from Melbourne/Naarm.

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Liel Bridgford

2022 Editor of Writing Place

Liel is a disability and justice advocate, writer, podcaster and trainer.

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Maribel Steel

Maribel is an award-winning speaker, memoirist and author, lyricist and recording artist and mother.

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Martin Sawtell

Chair

Arts Access Australia

Martin has over twenty years’ experience as an arts and cultural development practitioner, arts manager and disability arts worker.

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Matthew Hall

CEO

Arts Access Australia

Matthew Hall has deep and diverse experience in the arts sector as well as 20 years of management experience.

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Mel Lineham

Mel enjoys creating something entirely new from old stories, bringing them back to life.

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Meret Hassanen

Meret Hassanen is a producer at the ABC and is currently producing Re-Frame, a television special for the 2022 International Day of People with Disability.

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Michael Camakaris

Michael Camakaris is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practise encompasses drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and ceramics.

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Pat Swell

CEO

Access Arts (QLD)

Pat has enjoyed leading Queensland’s peak body for arts and disability since 2012.

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Renay Barker-Mulholland

Renay Barker-Mulholland is an artist, writer, and creator.

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Robert Champion

Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love and loss.

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Ruby Hillsmith

Ruby Hillsmith is a writer, editor and poet living on Wurundjeri land.

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Sarah Houbolt

Sarah Houbolt is an experienced international producer and arts leader.

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Steph Amir

Steph Amir is an emerging poet with a background in public policy and research.

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Tim Stitz

Executive Producer and Co-CEO

Back to Back Theatre

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