Ocean Grove based author Annie Mullen-Walsh and a crew of other artists from the region have created and launched a magazine/book showcasing the work of local creative women, called Fierce Females.
The curator, Annie Mullen-Walsh is an Ocean Grove-based poet/celebrant/teacher who is 1/3 of the lowercase poetry team which runs monthly poetry nights in Geelong.
Stacey Williams is the graphic designer who created the impressive layout.
Fierce Females includes poems, photography, art from a number of fabulous locals who identify as women, such as Amber Smith, Zoe Boyd, Laura Alice and Stacey Williams, and includes interviews with the amazing women including musician Etta Curry, singer/songwriter Emily Wurramara and poet Manal Younus.
The idea is to showcase and celebrate female artists and inspire the next generation of them.
“This was a dream project for me; a chance to really provide a platform in which we can showcase and celebrate some of the amazingly talented women in the arts,” Annie said.
“I am so proud of what we have created. I really hope people will enjoy it and that it is a source of inspiration for people, young women in particular.”
Annie described what it means to be a ‘fierce female’.
“To me being ‘fierce’ isn’t about being aggressive or competitive, there’s a new meaning – it’s about being unapologetically you; being brave and true to yourself,” she said.
“To be passionate about what you do and purposeful about what you are adding to the world.
“Each of the artists involved in our book are so unique and so different to one another; with their own path, story and style, but each of them is definitely fierce.”
The book is available for purchase for $20 at Bookgrove in Ocean Grove, Geelong Illustrators Hub or Real Music in Geelong, Sticky Institute in Melbourne, or via our Facebook page.