Category Archive: Artists

Hespa: Asexuality Awareness Advocate


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.

M Sereno: Artist and Poet


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

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.

Raven Schofield: Artist


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.

Karen Corbett: Dramaturge


Karen is a Melbourne playwright, actor, director, educator and dramaturge. Her first play was performed at La Mama 25 years ago. Since then she has won Australian and international awards for her theatre and fiction, including the Jageurs Irish Australian Literary Prize and the Medal of Ulm for her most recent play Orphanage of the Animals. She was awarded the Murray Sutherland Prize for Outstanding Achievement & Contribution to Theatre at Melbourne University and her work has been nominated for two Premiere’s Awards.  She has been training actors for 30 years and has a demonstrated commitment to education and the environment from the earliest years of her career with Arena Theatre, to her own environmental play Ahoy Ms Matilda (that toured schools and Melbourne Zoo) and as a founding member of the Banyule ReThink WasteWise Education Theatre Company, which has won several local and international awards for its environmental education.

Karen founded the first undergraduate course in Script Writing for Theatre in Australia at the School of Creative Arts, at the VCA, (now the School of Media and Communications at Melbourne University).  Karen has taught and mentored a generation of theatre makers including artists such as 4Larks, A is for Atlas, Eagles Nest, Lally Katz, Anna Barns & Angus Cerini.

Karen is facilitating a workshop on Reading for Your Audience, bringing her theatrical expertise to help you read out loud to other people, whether that’s on stage, for youtube, or just telling a bedtime story.

Lea Jeges: Artist


Lea is a Melbourne freelance artist/designer and enthusiast for comics and games. Thoroughly invested in pop culture and queer representation, they’re unlikely to present a story or character design that doesn’t embrace or challenge gender binary or relationship ‘standards’.
While their gallery is an online affair found at, they often crawl from the depths of their resident nerd cave and blearily into the light of Melbourne conventions as an Artist Alley attendant.

Lea will be appearing out our A Picture’s Worth art panel on Saturday the 18th of April.


Bodie Strain: Photographer

Bodie is a photographer living and working in Melbourne.

His work focuses on portraiture and has been featured on ebook covers, theatre and entertainment promotional material and news websites. His most prominent work has been for the Star Observer Magazine, working on a series of editorials and cover photos exploring different queer subcultures.

Originally from the UK, Bodie studied Film & Cultural Studies before moving to Australia in 2004.

Bodie’s work can be found at and he can be contacted on Twitter @pumpkinmook

Scarlett Rugers: Book Designer


Scarlett Rugers is a professional book cover designer, from Melbourne Australia. She’s worked with both self-published authors and traditional publishing houses, dedicating her time to make authors feel like best sellers.

Her goal is to help change the stigma of self-publishing and show it’s a professional field of high quality. She does this by designing beautiful book covers and working together with authors to produce the best book they can, and to encourage development of their skills in writing and publishing.

She has also been writing since 1998, and has published 1001 First Lines. You can find her here:

T: @thebookdesignr

F: scarlettrugersdesign

Scarlett will be hosting our A Picture’s Worth Art panel.

Scarlett Rugers Design