Bogans, Bickering Broods, And Benedict Cumberbatch

Moderator: Tom Gibson • Jackie Bailey, Cadance Bell and Tabitha Carvan

12.00 PM – 1.00 PM
Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU)

If you’re alive, you can do anything.

If you’re reading this, you’re not dead.

Three ordinary individuals; three extraordinary and unforgettable life-affirming stories.



Jackie is a writer and independent funeral director living and working on Dharawal country in the Illawarra. Jackie is a researcher and a recognised international expert on cultural diversity in the arts. She often appears on arts industry panels and at conferences, is a regular contributor to ArtsHub, and has a Creative Writing PhD from UNSW. Jackie is also an ordained interfaith minister, trained death-walker, and practising funeral director. The Eulogy is her debut auto-fiction novel.



Cadance ‘Cady’ Bell is an openly transgender Australian storyteller whose writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian and the popular queer websites Rainbow Roo and I Miss Pockets. She has written, produced and directed dozens of award-winning short films, music videos and TV commercials, and performed at events such as Queerstories and the Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House. Cadance lives in New South Wales with her fiancée Amanda and is currently working on a science-fiction novel, Letters to Our Robot Son.



Tabitha Carvan is the author of This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch, a memoir with a message about embracing our passions. She is Senior Writer in the sciences for the Australian National University and has contributed to publications in the US, Australia and Asia on topics including identity, family, pop culture and science.



Tom Gibson burst onto the Australian comedy scene by winning the Green Faces national comedy competition and the Canberra heat of Triple J’s Raw Comedy competition. He has since written and performed solo stand-up comedy shows for each of the last 12 years, including at the Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra comedy festivals. Tom is currently completing a Creative PhD at the University of Canberra that focuses on the way authors of young adult fiction portray identity development in their protagonists. His PhD includes a humorous YA novel inspired by the findings of this research.