Women celebrate

Jenni Cargill (left) is a storyteller and shell tell the story of a love goddess. Mary Moody, TV presenter and author, will tell her story about love, infidelity and France. Both are featuring at the Whole Woman Festival, which runs in the Northern Rivers from this Friday.

The Goddess Inanna will be a part of the Whole Woman Festival which takes place at various locations around the North Coast from this Friday, March 2, until Sunday, March 11.

Storyteller Jenni Cargill will relate the tale of Sumerian love Goddess Inannas myth of descent and transformation.

Unlike some other Goddess stories, no-one rapes Inanna, beheads her or conquers her, said Jenni. Despite all her trials, Inanna is ultimately triumphant. She just gets more and more magnificent just as we real women (and men) can if we dare to push beyond our limitations.

Jenni will appear twice at the Whole Woman Festival on Friday, March 9, at 10am in Uki (to lead a workshop Our Stories Our Selves) and on Saturday, March 10, at 10am in Kingscliff to perform Inanna.

Also appearing at the festival, whose theme this year is Healing the Future, is the vivacious Mary Moody.

Mary, controversial author and co-host of new channel nine program Catch Up, will be headlining the Whole Woman Festivals forum The Art of Living Dangerously along with Mahboba Rawi, at the Byron Community Centre on Friday evening, March 9. These two women from different worlds, one best known for her mid-life sojourn to France involving a very public infidelity, and the other for her tireless work with Afghani orphans and war widows, will tell what it takes to live dangerously, defy convention and go out on a limb for what they believe in.

The keynote event of the festival is a forum called Healing the Future on International Womens Day (Thursday, March 8) at the Bangalow A&I Hall at 10am. Featuring a panel of women including environmental activist Claire Dunn and leader of the Jabiluka campaign Jacqui Katona, the women will discuss visions of future leadership that embrace compassionate, caring and interconnected communities.

The Whole Woman Festival features many diverse speakers and workshops throughout the 10 days.

For the full program and more info phone 1300 660 367 or visit www.wholewoman.com.au.


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