Meet the

Authors & Presenters

Rachel Robertson

Dr Rachel Robertson is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Curtin University, Western Australia. Rachel’s academic research interests include Australian literature, feminist maternal studies, life writing and critical disability studies. Her academic work has been published in Life Writing, Axon: Creative Explorations, Hecate, Studies in the Maternal, and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. Her memoir, Reaching One Thousand, was published in 2012 and reissued in 2018, and a co-edited collection of women’s writing called Purple Prose was published in 2015.

Ian’s vision is to put edible gardens into all Australian primary schools to give young people a chance to discover where their food comes from and to enjoy the pleasures of the table. With that in mind, he is WA ambassador for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. He was instrumental in establishing the kitchen garden at the Margaret River Primary School.
Ian has been closely involved with the Kambarang Festival in Margaret River, bringing aboriginal high school students studying cookery to the region.

Voyager Writers Room

Dangerous Ideas about Mothers

Sunday | 5 May | 11am

Mothers are a topic on which almost everybody has an opinion. Now those opinions are funneled into and amplified on social media, where conversations turn ugly and advice is commercialised. Join co-editor Rachel Robertson and contributor Christina Fernandes as they talk about Dangerous Ideas about Mothers.

Presented by: Nicole Sinclair  |  Sponsored by: Doral Mineral Sands

Ticket: $10 or included in Festival Pass



Rachel Robertson


Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Writers Room
Sunday | 5 May | 11am