Join ARIA Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch as she discusses her powerful memoir Your Own Kind of Girl with Dumbo Feather’s Berry Liberman.
Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That ‘real life’ only begins once you’re thin or beautiful, that good things only happen to other people.
About the book
‘This is the story I promised myself, aged twenty-one, that I would one day be brave enough – and well enough – to write.’ – Clare Bowditch
Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion and tells how these forces shaped Clare’s life for better and for worse. This is a heart-breaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare’s own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.
With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who’s ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power – and wants to pass it on. Happiness, we discover, is only possible when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves.
When: Tuesday 5 November, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Google Map
Cost: $30 Members / $35 General
‘The words that kept coming to me over and over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human.’– Leigh Sales
‘Brutal at times but funny as [email protected]#k. This book will change a lot of lives for the better.’– Bernard Fanning
‘Clare Bowditch cements her status as one of Australia’s most mesmerising storytellers with this debut. Her ability to lay bare the vulnerabilities, hurts and triumphs of a woman’s life is second to none. She’s my kind of girl, for sure.’– Clementine Ford
‘This book is like a life-buoy, tossed across a generation by a sick and frightened young woman, who grew up to be Clare Bowditch. An extraordinary tale, faithfully remembered and generously told. What a woman. A transfixing and powerful memoir.’– Annabel Crabb
About Clare Bowditch
Clare Bowditch is a storyteller who lives in Melbourne with her husband Marty, their three teenage children, a white groodle, and one lone surviving free-ranging guinea pig.
In terms of ‘the fancy stuff’, Bowditch is a bestselling ARIA Award-winning musician (Best Female Artist), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Logie-nominated actor (for her role as ‘Rosanna’ on hit TV show Offspring), and a former ABC broadcaster who still misses her talk-back callers very much, and hopes they’re doing okay out there.
In her spare time, Bowditch does a lot of public-speaking and event-running. She uses humour and the collective terror of ‘public-singing’ as tools to teach skills around courage and self-leadership. She is also the founder Big Hearted Business, a love project designed to support creative people in their businesses, and businesses with their creative thinking.
As a musician Clare has performed and toured with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Cat Power, John Butler, Snow Patrol and Gotye. The person she enjoys touring with the most is her drummer and husband, Marty Brown. Her incredible memoir, Your Own Kind of Girl, will be published in October 2019.
Experience the main stage action of All About Women, streamed live from Sydney Opera House on Sunday 8 March. Byron Writers Festival will be streaming a headline session from this preeminent festival on gender.
Sober Curious with Jill Stark, Shanna Whan & Yumi Stynes.
From boozy benders to weeknight mummy wines to social media posts trumpeting newfound sobriety, our relationship with alcohol has never been more complicated.
There’s nothing wrong with a couple of drinks – right? Girls’ nights out, mums’ weekends away, gathering to support your mate after a breakup – alcohol is at the centre of our social lives. But how much is too much? At what point does a fun time with friends become destructive and problematic? And is sobriety the new morality?
Journalist Jill Stark chronicled her year off booze, broadcaster Yumi Stynes has been public about her alcohol addiction and subsequent sobriety, and Shanna Whan founded Sober in the Country as a support system for other rural Australian recovering alcoholics. Join these three women in an intimate and nuanced conversation about how we navigate our own relationships with alcohol.
Hosted by Clementine Ford.
All About Women features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism.
When: Sunday 8 March, 2.15pm – 3.30pm (streamed session starts at 2.30pm) Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay Tickets: Members FREE*; General Admission $10, bookings essential.
Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist and author with a career spanning two decades in both the UK and Australian media. She spent ten years on staff at The Age covering health and social affairs as a senior writer and columnist, and now works as a freelance journalist, media consultant, and speech writer. Her first book, High Sobriety, was longlisted for the Walkley Book Award and shortlisted in the Kibble Literary Awards.
Shanna Whan is a rural woman and the CEO | founder of national alcohol awareness charity ‘Sober in the Country’ – and she’s has hit national media the past two years after her relentless advocacy for remote peers has been heard far and wide. Since her episode on Australian Story aired in November, her authentic and raw brand of conversations have gone viral.
Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster, television presenter, food fanatic, fitness enthusiast and mother-of-four – including two teenage girls. Yumi’s latest book is Welcome To Your Period. Among her daily responsibilities she presents a national radio show on the KIIS network called ‘The 3pm Pickup’. She also hosts an ABC podcast about women’s health called ‘Ladies, We Need to Talk’. The podcast focuses on female sexuality and social issues and is known for its directness and taboo-breaking conversations.
Clementine Ford is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Melbourne. A scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, her debut novel Fight Like A Girl was an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon to be, and exposed just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Her incendiary new work of nonfiction Boys Will Be Boys, an examination of toxic masculinity compelled by the birth of her son, was published by Allen & Unwin in October 2018.