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Van Badham is a writer, activist, feminist, unionist, occasional broadcaster, theatremaker and one of Australia’s most controversial social commentators. In addition to a weekly column for Guardian Australia, her work has appeared in The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Cosmopolitan, Daily Life, Southerly, Women’s Agenda, Britain’s Daily Telegraph and in anthologies for UQP, Hardie Grant and Monash University Press. Her plays ‘The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars’ and ‘Muff’ have been published by Currency Press, and a novel, Burnt Snow, by Pan Macmillan. She frequently appears as a guest on panels for ABC’s Radio National, The Drum and Q and A, Channel 10’s The Project and Channel 7’s Sunrise. As a playwright, her work has been performed across Australia and the UK, in the US and Canada, and in Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Austria, and she is the recipient of three Premier’s awards for stage writing. She is presently the Vice President of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Victoria, the Chair of the Queen Victoria Women’s centre and sits on the advisory committee for the Victorian Minister for Women.
Born in Sydney, Van is a very proud alumnus of Port Hacking High School Miranda, the University of Wollongong, the University of Sheffield (UK) and Melbourne Uni. She has been described by Bettina Arndt as a “notorious man hater”, “hysterical” by Steve Price and as “safely ignored” by Mark Latham.