Body Politics

Moderator: Kaya Wilson • Eloise Grills and Kris Kneen

2.30 PM – 3.30 PM
Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU)

Two of the country’s most fearless and form-exploding writers consider the cultural weight of the fat body – beautifully unruly books about beautifully unruly bodies.

This session is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund


ELOISE GRILLS is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic. Her work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies including Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, The Rumpus, Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Sydney Review of Books, The Lifted Brow and Borderless. Eloise lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country with her fiancé Jackie, and their two dogs, Ripley and Vince, as well as her mother-in-law, Madeleine, and her dog, Minnie. big beautiful female theory is her first collection of essays, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.


KRIS KNEEN is the award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction including An Uncertain Grace which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. They have written and directed broadcast television documentaries and were the Copyright Agency Ltd Non-fiction Fellow in 2020. Fat Girl Dancing is their latest book.


KAYA WILSON is a writer and tsunami scientist who somehow finds himself in Canberra. His first book As Beautiful as Any Other was shortlisted for the ACT book of the year and listed by the Guardian as one of the 25 best books of 2021.