Editors’ introduction: Welcome to the first issue of Femagogy!
We are thrilled to have you here.
Femagogy’s editors Cayt Mirra, Steph Conroy, Cathy Ferguson and Stephanie Wescott are all teachers of secondary English in the government sector. The idea for a quarterly e-zine emerged from a desire to write, publish and share our creative work with like-minded folk. Often, the administrative demands and emotional labour of our work leaves very little space for doing the things that most inspire our teaching. Here, we, and our contributors, share what interests, galvanises, nourishes and aggravates us as feminists, educators, women and female-identifying people, parents, friends and inhabitants of the world.
We are immensely proud of our first issue. It is broad, immersive, informative, eclectic and, in our humble opinions, a darn good read. We have a musing on parenting boys and some sharp fiction from Cayt, super practical money saving tips by Cathy, Steph Conroy’s reflection on a rejection of the conventional, and Steph W’s book reviews and an ode to early feminist discoveries.
We are honoured to feature an interview with legendary Australian children’s author Hazel Edwards OAM (responsible for planting the image of a hippopotamus on a roof eating cake into the minds of millions of kids), where she tells us all about her latest book, ‘Hijabi Girl’, co-written with Ozge Alkan and illustrated by Serea Geddes, as well as a fascinating piece by Hazel on the challenges of co-writing this text in the context of our current social and political climate.
Other contributions include a piece on the perplexing and contradictory questions posed to young women by Dr. Sally Dinan, a really useful piece on superannuation by Shriya Narula, poetry and a curious musing on pesky forks by the incredibly talented Alice White, and a prose/poetry fusion on negotiating academic work and romantic relationships by Emily Bowles.
We thank our contributors for sharing their work with us in our first issue.
Readers, we hope you enjoy. If you would like to pitch a piece for our second issue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.