Category Archive: Attendees

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.

ReVerse Butcher: Poet


Photo by Bhenjamyn Fraser

Under various names and in a variety of disguises, ReVerse Butcher has been performing, experimenting with and publishing her poetry for 13 years. She was a founding member of the Speedpoets (QLD), and moved on to coordinate and collaborate on several other open mic poetry readings including: Trip the Word Fantastic (QLD), WamJam (QLD), Beat @ The Boat (NSW) and ContraVerse (QLD & VIC). She has previously sung or spoken with several musical acts including: The Electric Afterglow (QLD), The Molotov (QLD) and Trypswytch (QLD/NSW). ReVerse is currently engaged in a series of elaborate art experiments around Melbourne, called the #antiresidency which you may or may not ever find.

ReVerse Butcher will be doing a reading at the Saturday Night Queerbaret.

Amanda Marx: Poet and Author

Amanda Marx is a painter, writer and spoken word performer. Amanda appeared in the nationally televised – No To Homophobia campaign in 2013. Her inaugural exhibition of abstract expressionist symbolist works at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma 2013 was a sell out. The large format, acrylic and mixed media works on canvass are emblematic of mankind’s search for wisdom across the ages – a meditation on the philosophy, literature, spirituality, art and science of the dreams & imaginings of – ‘man’s sacred fascination with man’. (Seneca)
Amanda’s writing focuses on the biographical and anecdotal with a heavy-handed dose of romantic anarchism. She is addicted to Onegin/Pushkin Sonnets, a stanza of which bookends her shortlisted – Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose entry – ‘One Perfect day’.
Amanda has worked as a dish pig, mountain guide, disability services facilitator and Collins St suit. When she grows up she plans to be a benevolent beered-up dictator.

Amanda is appearing on the Queer Identies – Midsumma Edition panel during Midsumma 2016.

Kevin Klehr: Author

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Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Sydney. From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Romantic Afterlife tales. Both his first novel and the sequel, Drama Queens and Adult Themes, have been picked up by Wilde City Press.

Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.

Kevin will be appearing on our Across the Genres panel, attending our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea and will be one of our featured authors at the Sunday night Author Showcase.

Kevin’s Facebook Page
Drama Queens With Love Scenes on Facebook
Book trailers: Drama Queens with Love Scenes and Drama Queens with Adult Themes

His books are available via Wilde City

N.R. Walker: Author


N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way. She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

N.R. Walker will be attending our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.

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.


Beany Sparks: Author and Editor

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Beany Sparks lives in Western Australia. She first started reading romance novels in 2008, but it wasn’t until January 2010 when her Kindle got delivered (which she had brought herself on Christmas Day 2009) that the world of erotic romance opened its doors to her, and she hasn’t looked back.

Since English was never her strong subject at school she never expected to write a story, let alone try to get it published. With suggestions and support from friends, her muse—“affectionately” known as PITA—was finally able to break free, and in January 2014 her first story was written. Since she can’t put PITA back in his box—she’s tried!—Beany has decided to give in and team up with him.

Together they’ve made plans to write both MF and MM stories. Why? Because love isn’t gender specific, love is love.

Beany Sparks will be appearing on our Across the Genres panel on Saturday the 18th of April. She will also be appearing as an author at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea, and as a Editor from EXtasy Books at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Aiden’s Shepherd (Paws and Magic 1)
Extasy Books
All Romance Ebooks

Ryan’s Wizard (Paws and Magic 2)
Extasy Books
All Romance Ebooks

Christmas, Snow and…a Merman? (Merman Tales 1)
Extasy Books
All Romance Ebooks

Hearts, Flowers and a Rainbow Tail (Merman Tails 2)
Extasy Books
All Romance Ebooks

Renae Kaye: Author


Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

Renae will be appearing on the Australian Voices panel on Sunday the 19th of April.
How to contact Renae:
Twitter: @renaekkaye


C.S. Pacat: Author

Photo by Alise Black

Photo by Alise Black


C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer, and a graduate of the University of Melbourne. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as a free online web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin USA and will be released worldwide in 2015. / @cspacat

C.S. Pacat will be appearing on the Hot Spicy and Queer: Erotica panel, and will be a guest at the Meet the Author Afternoon Tea. She will also be one of our featured authors in the Queermance Author Showcase on Sunday the 19th of April.

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Available to buy via Amazon now!

Hazel Edwards: Author


An avid reader (who read under the bedclothes and in the bath), as a young girl, Hazel Edwards wrote her first novel in grade six, a mystery about adventurous children stuck in a mine. This passion for writing and character development continued and after working as a secondary school teacher, at twenty-seven, Hazel published her first novel, ‘General Store’, a book based on life in a rural town.

It is Hazel’s third published work however that is her most well known, the children’s picture book classic, ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’. This special imaginary friend has been cherished by children and parents alike and led to the dubious honour of Hazel often being referred to as ‘the Hippo Lady’.

However it is Hazel’s book, f2M: The Boy Within, co-Authored with family friend and transgender author Ryan Kennedy that brings Hazel to Queermance.

“Tick the box. M or F. Male or Female are the only options ‘ordinary’ people know about. M for Male. F for Female. You’re one or the other. But what if you’re not? Like me. As I’m finding out.”

Hazel will be appearing on our A for Asexual – Queer Identities panel, and she will also be talking about f2M: The Boy Within in her Sunday Workshop: Non-Boring Collaborative Writing. You can also meet her at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea and get her autograph at our Sunday Night Author Showcase.


Available via: Ford Street Publishing and Hazel’s Website as paperback editions. It is also available as an ebook

Toni Griffin: Author


Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated English with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.

Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.

Feel free to drop her a line at anytime.

Toni will be appearing on our Australian Voices panel on Sunday. You can also come and meet her at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea. An excerpt of her work will also be read by Nic Starr at our Queerbaret on Saturday the 18th of April.

A list of all her books can be found here which includes her print and ebooks.

Anna Solding: Author and Publisher


Anna Solding’s first ‘novel constellation’ The Hum of Concrete, which centres around the theme of intersex, was published in 2012. It was nominated for People’s Choice Award, the Most Underrated Book Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize. She has co-edited a collection of stories, Cracker! A Christmas Collection, and has worked as fiction co-editor for literary magazine Wet Ink. Anna has had many short stories and reviews published; she has been awarded two Arts SA grants and she will this year spend one month at Arteles Writers’ Retreat in Finland and one month at the Katharine Susannah Prichard centre in WA furthering her writing. Popular speaker and workshop co-ordinator, Anna is regularly engaged to speak at Writers’ Festivals and she has conducted workshops at the SA Writers’ Centre, Burnside Library and Salisbury Writers’ Festival. Anna currently works as editor and publisher at MidnightSun Publishing in Adelaide. She is passionate about punctuation and chocolate.

Anna will be speaking at our A is for Asexual – Queer Identities Panel and is one of the Authors featured in the Sunday night Author Showcase. As Publisher at MidnightSun Publishing, you can meet her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Available through MidnightSun Pubishing

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

RJ Jones: Author

I started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into my thoughts, insisting on telling me their story that I started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

My initial thought was if I could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told me their entire story and I didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with what they were telling me and I had to keep a notebook by my bed.

Whilst I was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If I ever want to sleep again then I need to write.

I’m a wife and a mother to two boys. Even my dog is a boy.

I am surrounded by males.


Her books can be found at the following websites

Out of the Blue

All Romance Ebooks


Encore Anthology through Wayward Ink

All Romance Ebooks

Nic Starr: Author

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Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters-and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.

Her books can be found at the following links:

More than a Superstar It’s Not Easy
A Day at a Time
Waiting, Hoping, Wishing

Nic Starr will be reading an excerpt of one of Tony Griffin‘s works at our Saturday night Queerbaret.

NM Harris: Author

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Narrelle M Harris writes crime, horror, fantasy, non-fiction and erotica as NM Harris. Besides hetmance, Narrelle writes Queermance for the Encounters imprint: the Talbott & Burns series, about Jack Burns and Elliot Talbott, a two-man Scooby gang, contains two stories to date. The first was Homecoming, and the latest is A Paying Client, with more stories to come. Her other Queermance series is Hammer and Tongue, about Alice (and engineer) and her girlfriend, linguist Nerida. Their first story, Birds of a Feather, was recently released. Narrelle is working on more adventures for all her lads and lasses, and a new novel-length paranormal Queermance called Ravenfall. Find out more at

Narelle will be reading from A Paying Client at the Saturday Queerbaret. She will also be appearing on our Australian Voices Panel on Sunday.

Her books are avaiable here as well as at the following links.

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Homecoming (A Talbott & Burns Mystery) is now available at:

Homecoming (Clan Destine Press)

Homecoming: A Talbott & Burns Mystery (Amazon)

Homecoming (Kobo)

A Paying Client

A Paying Client (A Talbott & Burns Mystery) is now available at:

A Paying Client (Clan Destine Press)

A Paying Client: A Talbott & Burns Mystery (Amazon)

Dreamspinner Press



The story behind Dreamspinner starts in summer 2006. Elizabeth North officiated her brother-in-law’s wedding to the man of his dreams. Later that weekend she happened upon her brother-in-law reading a Harlequin romance while lounging next to the pool. When Elizabeth asked about it his reply was simple: “They don’t write romances for people like me.” He’d been through the struggles and dark times, and emerged on the other side to live happily ever after. He wanted to read those stories. While visiting a group of close friends she made an offhand comment that someone should start a publishing company that specialized in gay romantic fiction, focusing on treating the authors well and producing quality books. That group of friends stayed up most of the night and the result was Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner Press is an international full-service publisher of gay romance based in the United States of America. We publish stories from 3,500 words and up in several genre categories and eBook formats, as well as audiobooks and translations in four major world languages. Novels of 60,000+ words are published simultaneously in paperback. In seven years, Dreamspinner has built a catalog of well over than 2,000 titles written by more than 500 authors from six continents. The Press now operates three imprints: Dreamspinner Press, specializing in gay romance; Harmony Ink Press, devoted to LGBTQ+ Teen and New Adult fiction; and DSP Publications, a boutique publisher of specialty genre fiction. has almost 30,000 registered users.

Our business plan is not to be everything for everyone, but to consistently produce quality gay romance diverse enough to be entertaining. We do our best to provide every customer and every author the best experience possible.


Both of our founders, Matthew Lang and Isabelle Rowan are published with them. Dreamspinner Author Renae Kaye will also be appearing on our Australian Voices Panel. If you’d like to know more about publishing with Dreamspinner Press, or its Harmony Ink Young Adult imprint, please chat to Isabelle Rowan at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

You can view the full range of Dreamspinner’s books on their website.

Matthew Lang: Author


Matthew Lang writes behind a desk, in the park, on the train, and sometimes in bed if the mood strikes. He has been known to sing and dance in public, analyse the plots of movies and TV shows, and say ‘Yes I can totally do that’ without really thinking things through. If you ask him why he founded the Queermance Writers’ Festival in 2014 with Isabelle Rowan, he’ll probably tell you it was one of those moments. When not writing, working or gaming, Matthew likes his men hot and spunky, his mysteries fantastical, his fantasies real and his vampires to combust when exposed to sunlight.

You can find out more about Matthew at his website,, and you can also find him on Facebook at Twitter.

Matthew is the author of The Secret of Tamor Manor The Way You Are, and has a range of short stories available online, including Mr Perfect, Inheritance and Screens, which you can find at

Matthew will be performing at the Saturday Night Queerbaret, and will be one of the authors at the Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.


Isabelle Rowan: Author

Isabelle Rowan

A slinky cat for a witch may be a cliche, but add a whole bunch of tribal tattoos, an aversion to sunlight and an intolerance to garlic (seriously) and you have Isabelle Rowan.

Having moved to Australia from England (Gateshead) as a small child Isabelle now lives in a seaside suburb in the south east of Melbourne where she teaches film making and English. She is a movie addict who spends far too much money on travelling … but then again, life is to be lived.
Twitter: Aussie_Izzy
FB: Isabelle Rowan

Isabelle will be performing a reading at the Saturday Night Queerbaret, and will be one of the authors in attendance at the Meet the Author Afternoon Tea on Saturday.

These as well as her novella’s are available at Dreamspinner Press

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Beck Mitchell: Author


Beck Mitchell is an irreverent middle-aged woman with too many children; a warped sense of humour; and a husband who doesn’t want her to use her real name when writing porn. You can usually find her ignoring the housework whilst reading her Kindle with a coffee close by.

Beck will be hosting the Queer Identities – Midsumma Edition panel at Midsumma 2016.

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