Category Archive: Attendees

Jan 19

Princess: Musician

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Princess is an Entertainer, Singer/Songwriter, Musician and all round Fashionista! With a great eye for detail he takes the best of Men’s fashion and the best of Women’s accessories for a unique and fashion forward statement about blurring the gender lines in Fashion. Fortunately Princess is well versed at walking his heels, recieveing his first pair of stacked heels as a child (as was the fashion of the day) and now regularly adds a minimum of 5inches to his height! Show stopping Polished Nails that reflect his sparkle and love for the alternative is a trademark of his look.

Princess is not only about Fashion. He also is an accomplished Singer and Musician, studying Singing at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide. He began playing piano at the age of 6 and regularly performs around Melbourne as a backing Vocalist and Musician. He also records with a Triple J Unearthed Artist with content on iTunes, Spotify & Soundcloud.

However if this isn’t enough, Princess’ love of Makeup has added the glitter and sparkle to his polished look. As a MAC-Pro makeup artist Princess has created a look that has been compared to Kardshian inspired polished perfection!
Combine all of these elements, and you have Princess. Unique, polished, high heel wearing fun that is frightfully entertaining!

Princess is appearing at Queer Identities – Midsumma Edition.

Sandra Bogerd: Singer

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Sandra Bogerd is a Melbourne-based singer/songwriter/composer/keyboardist with musical styles varying from a cappella to electronic to piano accompanied ballads. Her many influences have included Kate Bush, Dead Can Dance, Eurhythmics, and music from other eras and cultures. She is a serial musical entrepreneur having started up a science fiction rock band, a 5-piece synth pop and vocal group, 2 choirs, a small vocal ensemble, a recorder consort and a baroque orchestra, with a plan to start a new group of mediaeval musicians performing with her hurdy gurdy. She is an occasional conductor of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society (ROCS) that she founded in 1999. In the intervarsity choral world she is reknowned for her writing and performing of catches – rounds that have hidden (usually dodgy) messages when all parts are sounded together. She also has a portfolio of compositions for choirs, most of which were premiered by ROCS. In October 2014 she released her third solo album On the Rocks, containing about an hour of music on themes ranging from desire to despair. This is available on CD from Sandra directly ($20) or as downloads via a purchasable download card ($12) or on-line from the usual places.

You can view a full list of Sandra’s albums here, or you can visit CD Baby to get your own copy of On the Rocks.

Sandra will be performing at our Saturday night Queerbaret.

Apr 12

Tamsin Baker: Author

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Tamsin Baker loves everything erotic. Her books can be long, short and everything in between. They are all be fast paced with snappy dialogue and lots of sex. No Tamsin Baker book is the same except there won’t be a lot of angst. She wants her books to be everything that a fictional world can be- full of happy ever afters, dirty words and sweet love. ‘Love is love’ and she tries to show that in a range of sub genre’s, from m/m contemporary to paranormal ménage. She has a need to shock people and bring up embarrassing topics at the most inappropriate times.

Tamsin Baker will be appearing on our Hot and Spicy: Queer Erotica panel on Saturday the 18th of April.

Nalini Haynes: Blogger and Editor

Nalini-Hayes-MMy first memory of reading was whining at my father who wanted me to read the same non-fiction book AGAIN. (How many times can you read about logging trees without becoming bored, even aged four?) One day I was tagging along behind my father and one of my step-mothers and discovered a large hardcover book of poetry in a corner store; imagine my surprise when my father bought it for me! My most-loved poem was ‘Triantiwontigongolope’ by C J Dennis, probably triggering a love of fantasy.

My earliest memory of SF was hiding behind my uncle’s chair terrified but unable to look away from the TV during Dr Who.  By the time I was ten yeas old, my mother lent me adult SF books to stave off boredom.  Nothing much has changed since then, except gaining a few kilos and a few wrinkles.

There are two certainties in life: death and the taxation officer. I used to be one of them. I loved working in tax so much I left with a dream of helping dysfunctional people by becoming a counsellor. My journey to my new career included study: now I hold three degrees including a Master of Social Science. I worked with disadvantaged people as a counsellor and educator until disability discrimination ended that career.  Now I work my butt off for Dark Matter Zine as well as being awarded all distinctions and high distinctions in the Professional Writing and Editing degree at RMIT.

I was invited to join the merit-based Golden Key International Honors Society after receiving various accolades for academic excellence including a Chancellor’s award. I won the Dawn Slade-Faull Award 2008, the Chronos Award for Best Fan Writer 2013 and I’ve been shortlisted for various Ditmar and Chronos Awards.

Nalini Haynes’s interviews, reviews and other writings — The ones I remembered to categorise, anyway.

Nalini will be attending our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Dark Matter Zine

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Dark Matter Zine is a child of pop culture whose family tree began with science fiction and fantasy before expanding to include all the things in papery format as well as on screen, to suit creator, Nalini Hayes’ diverse tastes. DMZ crawled before it could walk but, at nearly five years of age, DMZ is now up and running. DMZ does not pay contributors as the rare donations received don’t cover internet hosting let alone the rest of DMZ’s running costs. Current regular features include reviews, interviews, news, commentaries, art and guest blogs. Site traffic is currently about 800 visits per day, more for special events.

Dark Matter Zine’s creator, Nalini Haynes will be present at our Meet the Publisher’s Afternoon Tea talking all things online, blogging, zines and online zines.

Hespa: Asexuality Awareness Advocate

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Hespa stopped writing fiction when she was 19, which is the same age she figured out she was asexual. Coincidence? Absolutely.

She remains an avid reader and, for the last six years, has helped run the annual Continuum speculative fiction convention. This included creating, hosting and participating in a series of discussion groups called ‘We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It’, where writers can listen to and discuss the experiences of people with a diverse range of unusual jobs, hobbies, conditions, and locations on the gender and sexuality spectrums. She quite enjoys talking about asexuality with people who are willing to listen.

By day she is a park ranger, which involves knowing a surprising amount about sex, but mostly only plant sex.

Hespa will be appearing on our A is for Asexual: Queer Identities panel. She is also our amazing Stage Manager for the Saturday night Queerbaret.

eXtasy Books

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eXtasy Books first opened its doors December 2002. Our imprint, Devine Destinies, started in 2008 to accommodate mainstream, YA and children’s books.

eXtasy has always been and is a devout supporter of e-books and e-readers. There are so many print books destroyed every year, it’s unbelievable. Go Green, is our motto. Save our forests! With so many new e-readers on the market, think about the ease of taking books along when traveling, getting rid of dust collecting books in your house, thereby making more room, being able to read a book on your phone or handheld while going to and from work on a bus or train. Think about the many books you can store on your computer. And think about the books you can hide from nosy relatives or children…

Interested in writing for us? Fantastic! We are open for submissions. Come and join our stable of great writers. Please read our guidelines on our website at http://www.extasybooks.com

We are interested in all genres but right now especially interested in Gay ‘seal’ stories. 

Beany Sparks, eXtasy author and editor will be representing eXtasy Books at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

 

Wayward Ink Publishing

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Wayward Ink Publishing has recently celebrated its first anniversary as an independent publisher that may be small in size, but isn’t afraid to have big dreams. In our first year we have not only published a number of quality titles, but also garnered a reputation for nurturing new talent.

For many years GLBT stories have been overshadowed by their ‘straight’ counterparts and yet they have the same ability to make a person laugh, cry, and gasp with their drama. Our goal is to publish quality GLBT Fiction and GLBT Romance. Currently, most GLBT stories focuses on romance and erotica. We love romance, but recognise not all stories that need to be told include a love element. Action adventures, crime dramas, stories of dystopian futures, don’t always have, or require, a romantic component.

We at Wayward Ink, would like to offer the opportunity for authors to write not only love stories, but also dark, gritty crime novels, tight, tense suspense thrillers, and epic battles led by gay or lesbian generals without the demand to include a romantic subplot in order to become published.

In other words, we want to show the world gay men and women in positive and inspiring roles. We want to see strong gay and lesbian protagonists without always throwing in a gratuitous love interest. We want to encourage authors to write the story they see and feel, not only the ones they think will sell.

Whether it’s a short story, novella, or full-length novel, we’re interested in hearing from authors at all stages of their career, be they aspiring or established. We cover all genres, including Contemporary, Steampunk, Historical, Western, Mystery and Suspense, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal, BDSM, and Kink/Fetish. We love humor and we love angst! We love sexy and a good old ripping yarn!

Good stories stay with readers for life. They become part of their history and help define who they are. Some even change lives. We plan to publish those stories.

Wayward Ink publisher Lily Velden will be attending Queermance this year. She’ll be doing a reading at our Queerbaret on on Saturday and you can meet her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea on Sunday.

Max Vos: Author

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Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. Cooking English, a short story, was his first published work, and since then Ravenous Romance has published five more of his short stories. His novel, My Hero continues to be a best seller and was released in French this year. 

You will find everything in a Max Vos story. He can go from sweet and sexy, even raunchy, to powerful, raw and gritty — something for all tastes. Max continues to receive praise for his free novella for Goodreads “Love Has No Boundaries”, which can be downloaded here.


Max loves hearing from readers. You can keep up with him by reading his weekly blog posts, or his Facebook page. You can also email him at: max.vos@aol.com

Max Vos is our special international guest for Queermance 2015 and is fitting in his festival appearances between a busy schedule seeing the sights of Melbourne. Max will be appearing on our Hot and Spicy Queer Erotica Panel, and will be one of our featured authors on the Sunday Night Author Showcase.

Little Raven – Publishers of Erotic Fiction

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Little Raven Publishing was born in 2011 during an Editing 1 class at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. One by one, budding editors introduced themselves until it was Van Roberts‘s turn. A lifelong erotica fan, she mentioned her vague dream of one day running a publishing house.

Encouraged by the response, an open-mic reading was organised to test the waters. A small group of writers gathered in the band room of the John Curtin Hotel. It was dark and many read their erotic stories by the light of their phones. All that was needed was a name, the answer ─ again ─ came from the classroom.

A classmate presented a seminar and passed around a brochure: Bird life of Victoria. Van flicked through the pages and a name jumped out, Corvus Mellori, otherwise known as Little Raven.

Van is driven by a love for original, strong, quality erotica. This desire has led to events such as Saucy (erotica and Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque), The Good Bits (erotic readings), The Fitzroy Frolic (erotic walking tour) and Velvet Tongue Australia (feature performers and open-mic erotica); the Ravening writing workshops; the anthologies Little Raven One, Little Raven Two, Little Raven Three, A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014, Exchanges; zines and smaller collections; podcasts, videos and guest bloggers. With the help of generous supporters, collaborators, staff, mentors and volunteers ─ Little Raven continues to expand.

Managing Editor Talia Eilon will be representing Little Raven at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea. She is also hosting our Hot and Spicy Queer Erotica panel.

Fireborn Publishing

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Fireborn Publishing is a new experiment in publishing.

First… Take a team of industry professionals, who have worked for multiple indie presses. Make the department heads partners in the business. Give them autonomy, within the limits of their budgets, the ability to set the standard for the high quality they’ve wanted to see in the products we offer. Support each other fully and discuss all major concerns, no less than monthly. Moreover, offer the staff a small percentage of net sales, in addition to a modest salary, to make them active partners in the success of the business. Success means investing in the business first and raises for the staff secondary.

Then… Agree to be as responsive as we can be to concerns of staff, readers, and authors. Whether owner-staff ultimately decide the idea proposed is workable or unworkable, every suggestion will be given due consideration.

Finally… Build the business with the long-term aim of cooperative community as part of the matrix.

Our Mission Statement… We intend to be the best publisher we can be. We will deal fairly with our authors and our readers, be responsive, and offer the best product we can, at reasonable prices. Fireborn Publishing is a staff-owned business with a cooperative mindset. The collective owners will put the authors first, the growth of the company and reader relationship second, and ourselves last.

Submissions are open!

  • Royalty rate: 40% for new-to-us authors, 50% for authors with 3 or more works with us
  • Length of contract: two years with automatic renewal

What do we take?:
Romantic and/or tragic love stories, romance, and erotic works

  • All pairings (MM, MF, FF, and ménage. Sorry, no MF genre fiction at this time)
  • All subgenres
  • Lengths from 5000 words and up

Author handbooks available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Authors.html

Submissions page (and guidelines): http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Submissions.html

Sample contract available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdfhttp://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdf

As a bonus, we’ve invited authors submitting to us to give us their free reads to post and spotlight. It’s a good way for readers to get to know our authors and their work without financial risk. Remember that these are not technically Fireborn books, but we encourage our authors to build their audience however we can, and that includes helping them distribute their free reads, when we can.

Website:          www.firebornpublishing.com
Store:               www.firebornpublishing.com/store
Blog:               firebornpublishing.blogspot.com

Fireborn Publishing editor Alison Todd will be attending Queermance and you can meet her and talk all things Fireborn at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Stein & Wilde Publishing

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Stein & Wilde (www.steinandwilde.com) is a collective more than a company. We are a group of editors and writers with a passion for queer literature. We have come together to add our own flavour to the rich global culture of LGBT writing. Stein & Wilde publishes a handful of eBook titles each year by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex writers from around the world, but with an emphasis on Australian writers, stories and settings. S&W showcases emerging, developing and established writers as a means of bringing LGBT readers and writers together in mutually enriching ways.

Publisher Dr Stephen Abblitt will attending Queermance representing both Writing from Below and Stein and Wilde Publishing at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.

Writing from Below

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Writing from Below is a peer-reviewed open-access interdisciplinary gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, published by La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). We provide a forum for new research on gender and sexuality and the array of intersecting issues that shape their social expression. We invite submissions from as broad a range of disciplines as possible, in any publishable medium, and work that cannot be easily placed elsewhere. We welcome both traditional academic research as well as less conventional creative forms of research, and all things between, and specifically encourage scholarly experimentation. The journal provides a particular venue for the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Editor Dr Stephen Abblitt will attending Queermance representing both Writing from Below and Stein and Wilde Publishing at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.

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MidnightSun Publishing

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MidnightSun Publishing has grown out of a disenchantment with the established publishing houses in Australia. We know there are plenty of fabulous manuscripts about unusual topics floating around, but publishing new and unknown writers poses a big risk. MidnightSun is prepared to take that risk. We want our readers to be entertained. We want to challenge, excite, enrage and overwhelm. Therefore, we publish books in any genre that have touched us in some way.

Publisher Anna Solding, author of The Hum of Concrete will be representing MidnightSun Publishing at Queermance this year. You can find her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea, our Queer Identities panel and at our Sunday night Author Showcase.

 

M Sereno: Artist and Poet

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M Sereno is a queer Filipina artist who works in ink, watercolor, and words. She has published poetry in Hugo-nominated SFF magazine Strange Horizons, as well as in interstitial journal Interfictions and the SFF poetry magazines Stone Telling, Goblin Fruitand Through the Gate. One of her short stories, a lesbian romance exploration of a many-worlds universe, is forthcoming in An Alphabet of Embers, an anthology for surreal unclassifiable fiction. As Likhain, she has created artwork for Lackington’s Magazine and Crawford Award winner Zen Cho’s short story collection Spirits Abroad, and has illustrations forthcoming in An Alphabet of Embers, Editions Jentayu, and the firstGlitterShip anthology. She lives in regional Victoria with her partner and two Pomeranians. She tweets at @likhain and her website is http://likhain.net.

M Sereno will be appearing on our A Picture’s Worth art panel. She will also be doing a reading at our Saturday Night Queerbaret.

Lily Velden: Author and Publisher

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Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.
Lily Velden can be found at:
Website: http://lilyvelden.wordpress.com/
Email: lilyvelden@live.com.au
Twitter Name: @LilyVelden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lily.velden
Tumblr: http://lilyvelden.tumblr.com/

Lily will be doing a reading at our Saturday Night Queerbaret and you can meet her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Raven Schofield: Artist

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When I started trying to write an Artists Bio for myself I thought of all the things I have read about other artists. They all would tell back stories about how they started drawing to release emotion or that they have a passion for a specific subject. But my art isn’t about emotion or passion. When I think about what I draw now, I can’t see where I link my art to inside me. So I followed the thread way back to the beginning of my art career (and because I have been drawing ever since I can remember this was a very long way back) and I realised that my art wasn’t connected to any specific emotion but rather, is connected to my imagination.

I honestly wish to see the images I create come to life. Literal life. I want to bring my imagination into reality. Everything I have worked on and practised in my art has always been to this one end; getting better to bring more of the fantasy in my head into the mundane of reality. People call me an artist. I call me an Imagination Smith. 

Raven will be appearing at our A Picture’s Worth art panel. She is also creating an original artwork print for Queermance–one of which will be available for purchase. Just one.

Stephen Abblitt: Editor and Publisher

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Dr Stephen Abblitt is Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed open-access interdisciplinary gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal Writing from Below and a Commissioning Editor for the new GLBTIQ press Stein & Wilde Publishing, specialising in creative non-fiction, genre-bending, and experimental prose. He received his PhD from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) in 2010, and has since published widely in the fields of literary studies, gender studies and queer theory, and critical-creative writing. He can be contacted at S.Abblitt@latrobe.edu.au.

Stephen will be reprsenting both Writing from Below and Stein and Wilde Publishing at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Ryan Etherington: Comedian

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“One fateful day during the July of 1990, Ryan Etherington led a daring one-man strike force, and successfully broke out of his mother’s womb…
Ryan Etherington is a nerds nerd. He’s played Dungeons and Dragons, once beat Pokemon (all of it) and even attempted applying for Mensa (which he failed horrifically). He also attempts to get the house and experience this ‘social’ thing people keep raving on about. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails, sometimes it goes cataclysmically wrong; But he’s always got a humorous story to come out of it, as well as bringing with him the stories, observations and self-critising moments all witnessed by his nutty mind.
 
Ryan is a RAW Comedy 2011 State Finalist, and performed his first Adelaide Fringe Show ‘Chivalrofl’ in 2014 before moving to Melbourne to continue his comedic journey.
“Ryan Etherington is one of those unlikely heroes you can’t help but like… hilarious anecdotes” -Heckler
“Uproarious laughter” -Buzzcuts
“Etherington is one to watch”Sunday Mail”
Ryan will be hosting the Saturday Night Queerbaret, and will most likely be getting a bit of stand up in amongst all the standing up and talking about other people.

Nigel Bartlett: Author

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Nigel Bartlett is a freelance writer and editor who has worked for many of the best-known publications in Australia.

He’s a former deputy editor of GQ Australia and Inside Out magazines and has been a regular contributor to Belle and Sunday, the colour supplement for theSunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun. In addition, he’s freelanced for numerous other titles, ranging from Who to Sunday Life and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as a number of high-profile websites.

In 2012 he completed a research masters in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He lives in the inner-city suburb of Redfern.

In February, Nigel released his first book, crime thriller King of the Road though Random House. He will be appearing on our Across the Genres panel, kicking back at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea, and will be one of our featured authors at the Sunday night Author Showcase.

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