In March, all SACE English classes attended Writers' Week. This is an annual event held in the Women's Pioneer Memorial Gardens as part of the Adelaide Festival. This has become an annual fixture on the English Faculty calendar, and this is because students who attend are consistently impressed by the quality, diversity, and the relevance of the discussions that take place at the event.
Students are invited to watch two talks of their own choosing, and are asked to write a review of the event as part of their assessment for the year. This year, students were particularly interested in discussions around "Growing up Asian in Australia" a panel discussion with prominent young writers, and also a conversation with Yves Rees, a historian and author, which student Kaytlin discusses further in her review below.
On March 7th, our English class visited the Pioneer Women's Garden to attend Writers' Week. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly, from the moment you walked in, which served to establish the mood for the "All About Yves" discussion that I chose to listen to.
Yves Rees, a historian and author, took listeners into their experience of coming out as trans, including all of the challenges they faced. It was heartbreaking to learn of the great obstacles and hatred people had to face just to be permitted to express their sexuality. Not everyone needs to agree with other people's life choices, but it shouldn't be so difficult to just be kind to others.
Listening to Yves has opened my mind and heart to many things, such as how someone else may feel in their body, which is different than I do. I now consider myself as someone who wants to understand and learn more from attending this excursion.
Overall, Writers' Week was a fantastic experience that I would enthusiastically recommend to others.