Magda Szubanski on the healing power of the arts and laughter Comedian Magda Szubanski AO has been making us laugh for three decades. Her comedic talents...
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Magda Szubanski on the healing power of the arts and laughter
Comedian Magda Szubanski AO has been making us laugh for three decades. Her comedic talents are eclipsed only by her courage, commitment and advocacy, especially for LGBTQIA+ rights, diversity and inclusion.
She and ABC TV’s The Drum presenter Julia Baird sit down for a fireside chat on the things that illuminate their days, including the healing power of laughter, nature and the arts. These subjects resonate through Julia’s book Phosphorescence, this year’s ABIA Book of the Year winner that has touched a chord with so many who have faced dark days. Together Magda and Julia will talk about the importance of taking a stand for what you believe in, how to draw on inner reserves of strength, why laughter really is the best medicine and the joys of self-acceptance.
In her internationally acclaimed and ABIA Award-winning memoir Reckoning Magda reveals her family’s intergenerational trauma, their migration to Australia and her coming-of-age as a young gay woman. Magda knew she was gay when she was five years old in 1966 – however it took until 2012 for her to overcome her “internalised homophobia” to announce that she was gay – live on national TV. Since then, she has become one of the most ‘devastatingly effective’ campaigners for LGBTQIA+ rights in Australia.
Reckoning received rave reviews and has won a swag of literary awards, yet the book is a small chapter in Magda’s long and rocky road towards self-acceptance. She found healing in the arts and a sense of community. Recently she and 19-year-old Egg Boy aka Will Connolly have been on a road trip for Regeneration, helping bushfire- and disaster-affected communities heal through creative workshops. From her own experiences and those of others she has met on the road, Magda is convinced that getting people "trauma literate" is critical for the smooth running of civil society. Find out why she's in it for the long haul.
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