Keynote Speaker

Zoya Patel

Zoya Patel is a writer and editor, who has been vocal on issues relating to feminism and multiculturalism since she was a teenager. Zoya is the former editor of Lip Magazine, an online feminist publication, and is the founder and director of Feminartsy. Her debut book, No Country Woman was published in August 2018 through Hachette Australia.

Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. She was also awarded an Edna Ryan award in 2014 for her work in raising the profile of women’s voices in the media.

Zoya has been published in a wide range of publications, and has spoken at numerous events across the country. She has worked with arts organisations including the National Young Writers Festival, Seizure, You Are Here festival and more. She was a member of the former Australian Social Inclusion Board, and an ACT Community Inclusion Advocate.

Zoya is also a successful communications professional, working primarily in charities, where she has held senior roles for the past four years. She has a passion for words, and a strong belief in the power of stories to change beliefs and communities for the better.