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Justice Literary Event to inspire students

This year the Edmund Rice Centre is presenting another Justice Literary Event, 10 years after the original one in 2008. It is designed to inspire and inform students about social and eco justice through the arts.

Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education Officer Marisa Brattoni said the event had proven a powerful and effective way to educate the community about refugees and people seeking asylum, Indigenous issues and people in the Pacific, particularly those facing an uncertain future due to climate change, such as the residents of Kiribati.

“We find using the arts to get across these messages really works. It appeals to the head and the heart.,” Marisa said.

“You need research on these issues, but storytelling, music and other arts can inspire and get people involved and being creative.”

The centre has an impressive line up of speakers for the event on 14 March.

Famous children’s author Mem Fox will speak about her latest book I’m Australian Too, which tackles issues around refugees for a young audience.

Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta will speak, as well as Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis. Featured on Foreign Correspondent, Associate Professor Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and squadron leader in the Australian Air Force Reserves. He arrived in Australia by boat from Iraq.

He fled Iraq because as a young doctor, he did not want to take part in the mutilation of deserters, as order by Saddam Hussein.

After spending 10 months in a detention centre, he embarked on a mission to become an orthopaedic surgeon.

The day will include stalls from Fairtrade, the Refugee Council, the Children’s Bookshop, the Trading Circle and others. A Justice Literary Writing Competition for students, raffle and book sale are included in the day.

Wednesday, 14 March 9am-3pm

Santa Sabina College Chapel, 90 The Boulevard, Strathfield (Chapel Entrance)

Adults $80
Students/Concession $40


Bookings close 16 February
Limit of 10 students per school
Morning tea and lunch provided

Book online:

Return form by mail: LPO Box 221, Homebush West NSW 2140

For more details, contact Marisa or Carmel Clark on 8762 4200 or email

Application form - click here