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Fri, 19 July 2013

TAVI GEVINSON Melb Writers Festival

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For the first time in Australia
Melbourne Writers Festival and Sydney Opera House present TAVI GEVINSON
One of the world’s most influential young women

MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL Keynote Event Friday 23 August
Limited release tickets on sale Wednesday 10 July
All tickets on sale Friday 19 July

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Ideas at the House
Sunday 18 August - Tickets on sale Friday 12 July

Melbourne Writers Festival is thrilled to present Tavi Gevinson, an online editor and feminist who encourages young women to embrace their complexity, for an opening weekend Keynote event.

Tavi is setting the world on fire with her unique brand of feminism and personal style. She has gone from bedroom blogger to founder and editor-in-chief of influential website and print series, Rookie in just a few years.

Rookie attracted 1 million views within six days of launching in 2011, and has featured contributors such as Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel, Thom Yorke, Joss Whedon, Malcolm Gladwell, and Sarah Silverman. Tavi has also written for NPR Books, Vogue UK, and The Believer.

At just thirteen, Tavi was front row at New York and Paris Fashion Week shows. But her age isn’t a novelty – it’s what allows her to directly connect with a new generation of readers. Her magazine covers a range of topics, from feminism to pop culture to the teenage condition, and her truly unique voice reveals a keen intellect that isn’t afraid to slow down and contemplate everyday life in search of what it means to be a girl and a person.

Tavi inspires thousands of women and girls to embrace their individuality and eccentricities. She is out to prove that youth are capable of running the joint, that fashion and feminism can indeed be BFFs, and that it’s okay to figure things out as you go.

“I went to Paris fashion week for the first time when I was 13. People were confused about my being there for a few reasons; one was that I was a blogger. I think people were angry that someone younger than them had figured it out. They would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week. But this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth” Tavi Gevinson.

The Melbourne Writers Festival keynote event Tavi’s World, sees her in conversation with Estelle Tang. Gain an insight into Tavi’s world, discover teenagers finding their voice, why girls are awesome, and how Tavi balances school, publishing and her artistic life.

“I am thrilled to be welcoming Tavi Gevinson to the Melbourne Writers Festival. Tavi’s magazine Rookie is smart and stylish, and her own writing is insightful and unique. At 17 she is already an icon of this digital era, and I know our audiences will enjoy hearing about her take on writing, publishing, and how teenagers can find their voice”, said Melbourne Writers Festival Director Lisa Dempster.

The full 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival program will be launched on Friday July 19.
Melbourne Writers Festival – 22 August to 1 September 2012

Melbourne Writers Festival
Limited release tickets on sale Wednesday 10 July

Keynote Event: TAVI’S WORLD

Friday 23 August

6.00pm to 7.30pm

Athenaeum Theatre, Collins Street Melbourne

$40.00 Full $30.00 Concession


Sydney Opera House - Tickets on sale Friday 12 July

Sunday 18th August 2013

Concert Hall

From $25
sydneyoperahouse.com / 02 9250 777

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