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Writeability Goes Local - Own Voices Forum: Castlemaine



Jax Brown and Jasper Peach




This free event is a forum for writers with disability from the Mount Alexander Shire and surrounds who are interested in joining the Writeability Goes Local Writers Group which will be held in Castlemaine between July 2024 and March 2025. It will also benefit anyone working with, caring for, or supporting people with disability.

Photo of Jax Brown and Jasper Peach

Photo of Jax Brown and Jasper Peach


Bridging the gap between mainstream arts and disability communities, the Own Voices Forum uses writing and storytelling to break down barriers to social inclusion.  encouraging people with disability to develop their writing skills and providing an opportunity for them to tell their stories their way. 

Part one of the forum, Why Writing Matters, provides professional development on the Social Model of Disability and best practice language for support workers, carers, and organisations.  

Part two of the forum, Own Voices, presented by local mentor Jasper Peach, explores how language, writing and telling stories helps transform ways of thinking about ourselves, disability and our community.    

As local mentor, Jasper will facilitate the Writeability Goes Local Writers Group scheduled to run for eight sessions following the forum. As well as taking part in Jasper’s writing activities, this is an opportunity for potential participants and their supporters to learn more from Jasper about the way the Writers group will work. 

This project is a collaboration between Writers Victoria and North Central Goldfields Regional Library Corporation supported by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] if you are unable to attend.

In part one, Why Writing Matters, you will:  

  • Develop your understanding of disability 
  • Examine the Social Model of Disability 
  • Explore disability representation in literature 
  • Explore how telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about ourselves, disability and our community 
  • Look at ways to write about disability from your own, lived experience 
  • Take part in writing activities 

For support workers, carers and organisations, this forum provides:  

  • Disability awareness training 
  • A deeper understanding of the importance of creativity and own voice stories for people with disability

In part two, Own Voices, you will:  

  • Learn more about the Mount Alexander Shire Writers Group for people with disability 
  • Take part in a range of writing activities lead by local mentor Jasper Peach 

About the Presenters:

Jax Brown 

Jax Brown (they/them) is an esteemed disability and LGBTQIA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Their tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).  

Jax runs their own business in LGBTIQA+ disability rights and inclusion where they provide sought after guest speaking, education, workshops and training for community members and allies.  

Jax’s work has been published widely online and in several anthologies: Queer Disability Anthology (2015), QueerStories: Reflections on Lives Well Lived from Some of Australia's Finest LGBTIQA+ Writers (2018), Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories (2019), Growing up Queer in Australia (2019) and We've Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents (2022).  

Their memoir in the making, ‘Exile and Pride’ received Runner Up in the category 'Self Told Stories by Writers with a Disability' in the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards 2022. 

Jasper Peach   

Jasper Peach is a trans, non-binary and disabled writer, speaker and parent. They are passionate about equitable access and inclusion, focused around the dismantling of misplaced shame via storytelling. Their written work has been published in The Age, HireUp, The Big Issue, Archer, The Guardian, Verandah, Australian Poetry Journal, Meanjin, ABC and SBS online.  

With a background in Auslan interpreting, broadcasting and civil celebrancy, writing has continued their fascination and devotion to community and communication. Their first book, You’ll be a Wonderful Parent, was published in March 2023 by Hardie Grant and is a celebration of rainbow families of all kinds.  




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Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre
Mechanics Lane
Victoria 3450 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8462
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 09 June 2024 - 11:00
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