Best of the HCwBB Blog 2017

Happy New Year, Big Brains! 2017 was a massive one for Hot Chicks with Big Brains, and 2018 is set to be even bigger now that we’ve officially gone quarterly. To start the year off right, we’ve compiled a list of the blog’s 2017 highlights that aren’t to be missed.

January

Image via Facebook

We chatted to Laneway Festival’s General Manager, Katie Stewart, about the importance of changing the date, ensuring diverse lineups, and keeping women safe at festivals.

“We’ve been inspired by Camp Cope’s campaign #ittakesone and we want to create another platform to spread their message far and wide. We want to creative a positive message around promoting all punters to adopt a safe attitude when entering the festival environment.”

February

Illustration by Crapuli

We spoke with some of the incredible women performing in Michelle Law’s ‘Single Asian Female’ at La Boîte Theatre Company.

“It showcases different stages in life, generational gaps, family domestic struggles, and finally portrays real women from a culturally diverse background.”

March

Image via Sancintya Mohini Simpson

We launched the ongoing series HCwBB Presents by interviewing and showcasing some of the work of the ludicrously talented, multidisciplinary artist Sancintya Mohini Simpson.

“The women in my family line never had any opportunity to speak for themselves; for me to be able to study something so privileged as art therefore means I make art for them, to use my voice and platform to share stories that need and deserve to be acknowledged.”

April

Image by Grace McCarter

We began publishing book reviews by our readers as part of a series entitled Books for Big Brains. Our first reviewer was Grace McCarter with a write up on Jessica Friedman’s ‘Things That Helped’.

“This is a book you want to read in bits over a week or two – one to close at the end of each part so that the essay can roll around in the back of your mind and unfurl steadily in the heat of your thoughts like a bundled chrysanthemum tea flower.”

May

Image by Alana Potts

May was all about the lead up to the launch of Issue 3 in both Brisbane and Melbourne. At the Brisbane party we were lucky enough to have performances by both DJ Black Amex and May Lyn, so we snagged interviews with them both beforehand too.

June

Image by Georgia Wallace

Check out this stunning photoshoot and accompanying interview by Bri Lee with JBC Lingerie.

“I don’t see myself as the face of JBC, it’s not that kind of label. Our JUST BABES CLUB, our beautiful customers, everyone we work with, makes up the face of JBC Lingerie, and I’m just a part of that community.”

July

Image via Rolling Stone

Emma interviewed Lindy Morrison from The Go-Betweens.

“And as I’ve said before, I don’t want to sound like I’m being arrogant, but I had brains and I could handle myself in interviews. The world didn’t intimidate me. I was very well educated, I’d been in theatre, I was older than everybody else. I wasn’t overcome by the music industry.”

August

Image by Allanah Thomson

IVY NIU the label launched in Brisbane and we got to chat sustainable fashion.

“My partner and I spent more than a year researching and seeking the right people to work with us, to guarantee we have the most reliable team possible.”

September

Image by Cole Bennetts

Emma interviewed Thelma Plum.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling thinking back to little young me and how this was all I ever wanted—to live and breathe music all the time—and now I get to do that.”

October

Image by Dylan Evans

Yen-Rong Wong wrote a response to La Boite’s ‘One the Bear’.

“It comments on the ways in which black women’s bodies and labour (both physical and emotional) have been used by those in power. But is also a story about how communities of colour have and will always band around their own, with a final message to everyone in these communities, and in particular, young people, that they are golden – that they, too, can be queens.”

November

Image by Bede McKenna

We interviewed Jean Tong about her musical directorial debut, ‘Romeo Is Not the Only Fruit’, and its focus on decentering whiteness and heteronormativity.

“We had all this talent, so of course we wanted to see what we could do with it.”

December

Images via Mellum PR

Jesswar launched her debut single, and we got to chat with her about hard work and reaching her goals.

“I’m ready to work harder than I ever before in order to achieve the vision I have for my career.”

Start 2018 right with a copy of HCwBB Issue 4!


Compiled by Emma Kate Lewis

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