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Jan 11

Queermance Festival Early Bird Tickets Now Available

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Tickets for Queermance 2016 are now live. We’re still locking in the program (so far it’s looking amazing), and finalising food options for you lovely people, but we’re putting up our early bird tickets now so that you can start looking at dates–so these ticket prices will go up once things are finalised, but for now, Adult Tickets are $130 and Concession Tickets are $80. That’s a significant drop in price from last year, and we hope to keep it that way. We won’t be providing lunches on Saturday and Sunday anymore, but the ticket cost will include morning and afternoon tea and a meet and greet with finger foods on Friday the 18th of March.

The Queermance Festival will run from the 18th to the 20th of March and will include a Queer Identities panel with a range of new people from the community for you to meet, and Everyday Queer panel about real life people and allies doing extraordinary things, and workshops on Writing Erotica and Shibari (Japanese Rope Bondage).

We look forward to seeing you all at Midsumma, and at the Festival itself.

Dec 10

Queermance @ Carnival

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Queermance will have a presence at the 2016 Midsumma Carnival. I repeat, Queermance will have a presence at the 2016 Midsumma Carnival. Somewhere in the sea of white tents will be a small oasis of shade, calm and books. We don’t know where yet, but now that it’s been announced, we can’t back out. So here it is – when you find us, please come into our tent, chill out on our beanbags, and borrow a book from our little library of queer fiction. We will also have books for sale if you decide you like one.

So come join us on Carnival Day, Sunday the 17th of January and take a break from the sun and chill out for a bit with a good book.

If you’re an author and would like to have your book sold at our Midsumma Stall or stocked in our Library, please contact us at info@queermance.com.au, if there’s any excess stock, we’re also happy to carry them over to the festival proper.

 

Dec 03

Queer Identities – Midsumma Edition

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Note: The date of this event has changed from the official Midsumma Guide to not clash with Pride March.

When: 11:00AM Sunday 24th January 2016
Where: Upstairs @ Hairy Little Sista, 236 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Tickets: $15/$10
Bookings: Click Here

GLBT, LGBTIQ, QUILTBAG, Alphabet Soup. You’ve heard them all, now come meet the members of your community you don’t always spend time with. Featuring Hespa, Park Ranger and Asexual Awareness Advocate, Amanda Marx, Genderfluid Poet, self described male femme Princess, and hosted by pansexual author Beck Mitchell, Queer Identities shines a light on the experiences of the diverse identities that make up our Queermunity.

So come join us for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a chat about gender diversity, sexuality, asexuality and not always fitting in.

This panel is presented as part of the Midsumma 2016 Program.

Nov 27

Submissions now open for Queermance Anthology 2016

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It’s been a while–but yes, Queermance is back and planning for 2016 is happening in earnest. We have a lot of plans for the future, some of which aren’t ready to be talked about, but right now, please sharpen your pencils, grab your favourite pen or charge your electronic device of choice and start writing – because Submissions for Queermance Volume III are now open.

This year we’re looking for the best Oceanic Queer short stories:

Submission Criteria:

  • Between 3000-5000 words in length
  • Showcase one or more queer relationships
  • Have a strong sense of character or strong sense of place that fits with Oceania.
    • For the purposes of this Anthology, we’re defining Oceania as Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Southeast Asia.
  • Stories will be paid with a flat fee of $25 Australian Dollars per story.
  • Submissions are open to all authors regardless of geographical location, gender identity or sexuality.
  • Please send all stories to submissions@queermance.com.au in .docx .rtf .doc or .pdf format.
  • Submissions close midnight Saturday the 30th of January.

This means you can have a story about an Australian in New York, or about two queer aliens crash landing in Singapore or the Solomon Islands as long as the place shines through.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, and Queermance Vol II, available as ebooks from Clan Destine Press.

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Apr 15

Queermance Program Launch: Take One!

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Well, not exactly take one. Technically it’s take two. But we do want you to take one-take a program. You can now download your own copy in handy PDF format. So if you need to know what’s coming up, or find it easier having a copy that’s not connected to the internet, click the cover, or here, to get your own copy.

A big thank you to Isabelle Rowan for her hard work in doing all the formatting and putting this together.

Apr 11

Free Parking Anyone?

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We posted this on our Facebook page, but for everyone thinking of parking their car in the city and wanting free parking, you could do worse than use this. Not all Car Parks in Melbourne allow overnight bookings however, so you may want to double check the carpark you’re selecting is open 24 hours. 392 Bourke St Melbourne is probably the closest one to the Mercure.

Please note that Queermance is not affiliated with Secure Parking or this offer. It’s just something we found that we thought people might be able to use. Booking in advance is highly recommended as we anticipate parking will fill up quickly. To use this offer you’ll need to visit www.secureparking.com.au.

For other parking options, including those around Hares & Hyenas, please see our Venues page.

Apr 10

Anthology Announcement: We have stories!

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It’s been a long time in the making, we can finally reveal the stories and authors who will be published in this year’s Queermance Anthology. In alphabetical order (by story title) they are:

  • First Kiss – JJ Carroll
  • Better with Bacon – Matthew Lang
  • Birds – Lou Kohler
  • Coffee & Kisses – JFR Coates
  • A Daddy for Muffin – Beck Mitchell
  • Hard Feelings – Renae Kaye
  • Jess – May Wilson
  • The Birthday Present – NM Harris
  • Nettles & Lillies – Marion Adams
  • Purple Forever – Scott Thornby
  • Rosellas in Flight – Nicole Field
  • Shattered Lives – EE Montgomery
  • The Girl from TGI Fridays – Dominica Malcolm
  • The Instructor – Victoria Brown
  • Waiting – Isabelle Rowan

The Anthology will officially be launched on Friday night. Come along to grab a copy, hear readings from the Anthology stories and listen to some light entertainment courtesy of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society.

The launch is a free event, but remember that festival pass sales close in a couple of days, so book your tickets now.

 

Apr 09

Tagtastic!

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It’s taken a while, but every single bio for our authors, artists, editors, photographers, advocates, performers, comedians, publishers, book cover designers and…well… everyone should now be up on the website. We had a few issues with tags and categories meaning some authors and editors weren’t showing up in the right menus (or at all) or weren’t all in the same tag groups, so we’ve spent some time getting that right. Hopefully everything’s been caught, but if not, please let us know so we can investigate and fix things!

It’s a week and a half to Queermance, and the Anthology is about to be finalised. Things have been a bit tight on that front on account of us extending the submission deadline so expect it to be first cab off the ranks for 2016. There’s also been a lot of change in the festival this year with new technical systems needing to be broken in and well…okay, reasons.

Still, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and hope you all come along and have a great time. We’re closing off festival pass and Afternoon Tea ticket sales on Sunday the 12th, so you only have four days to get in on those–so if you want to meet our amazing authors or get some tips directly from our publishers, get your ticket now.

And in case you’re wondering what’s going to happen at our Queerbaret, check out the RMIT Occasional Choral Society performing Life is Better in the Country at last year’s event.

Mar 08

More Events? Sure

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So if you’ve been paying attention to our program page, you’ll have noticed we’ve been switching around panels, as well as playing with times as we try to organise the best possible line up of events for you. We’re very excited that were able to bring back both of last year’s stand out evening events–the Queermance Anthology Launch and the Queerbaret, but we’re also very pleased to be bringing you an Author Showcase of some of the biggest local and interstate authors at Queermance 2015, including a very special international guest. Who is it? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

We’re also bringing you a fifth panel, which we weren’t expecting, and we’re going to be celebrating some of the amazing art that we use to support our stories, whether that’s digital art, painted media, or amazing photography. We’ll be bringing you a selection of the amazing work in our community soon, and there may be the chance to walk away with a print or two.

Given our late morning start, we’ll be providing two meals rather than three — lunch and afternoon tea–and turning the afternoon teas into social events where you’ll be able to come and meet the Queermance Authors and an even bigger range of publishers than we had last year. We’ve currently confirmed Clan Destine Press, Dreamspinner Press, MidnightSun Publishing, Firebrand Publishing and EXtasy Books and we’re in discussion with a few other publishers about having a presence at Queermance this year.

And no, we’re not increasing our ticket price. So if you’d like to get a festival pass, day pass, or book yourself in to just the Meet the Authors or Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea, book in before we sell out. We’ll be releasing single session tickets to our panels and workshops shortly, so stay tuned for more info.

Feb 16

More Stories needed – and Yes We’re Paying $$

 

First off, a massive thank you to all of our backers who pitched in to get us some money for Queermance Volume II on Pozible. Thanks to you, we’re able to announce two things:

 

Firstly, we’re able, for the first time, to offer at least $20 per story published in Queermance Vol II. We’re still finalising our budget and we may turn around and offer you a contact with more money on it, but please expect to receive at least $20 AUD if you are accepted into our Anthology.

Secondly, we can afford to publish more stories, so we’re extended our submissions deadline to the Monday the 16th of March, 2015. So send in your stories to  submissions@queermance.com.au, we’re standing by and waiting to get our hands on your ideas, and your fingers on our cold, hard cash.

We are looking for stories that:

  • Include a queer relationship. Other elements are encouraged but a relationship must be part of the story, even if it is not foregrounded.
  • Are a minimum of 3000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words.
  • Have a strong connection to either Australia or New Zealand. This could be an Aussie or Kiwi expatriate overseas or a story set somewhere in Australia with a strong sense of place.
  • This call is open to international authors

 

Oct 29

Get Your ROCS Off!

On Saturday evening, over 70 people packed into The Hare Hole for a night of impeccably questionable taste – partially curated by Queermance Co-Director Matthew Lang.

“I’m responsible for about half of the music tonight,” Matthew said in his opening remarks. “So if you’re offended at any point, please blame [President of ROCS] Geordie.”

The audience was treated to songs from Frozen, Portal and A New Brain amongst others, as well as a stripped back version of Call Me Maybe and original works by indie artist Sandra Bogerd, who launched her third album On the Rocks with a mixture of old, new and brand new music, including Not Completely Straight, written especially for the night.

Some very lucky people walked away with some amazing items from our sponsors, including a $300 corset from Frou Frou & Flounces, a $150 hair cut and treatment from Andy R. Salon, two original pieces of artwork by Raven Schofield of Raven Art, and a two hour one on one masterclass with writer, performer and dramaturge Karen Corbett of Karen Corbett EFT.

The night was a great success, with nearly $600 each raised for Queermance and ROCS, which will go towards Queermance 2015 and the ROCS 2015 concert series.

Thank you to everyone who made the night a success, including H A Stanley Events, Nat’s Vegan Cupcakes, RMIT Link Arts and Culture, Hares and Hyenas, our life saving accompanist Mr Simon D’Aquino, Theo Kipen for our poster, Bodie Strain for photography and Isabelle Rowan for front of house, flyer design and video. Last but not least a big thanks to ROCS for collaborating with the team at Queermance – you are all amazingly talented and we hope to do it all again someday.

Until we have video edited and uploaded, please enjoy some of the images taken on the night!

Sep 30

Cabaret Event: Get Your ROCS Off!

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A Queerlaboration of the highest order, join Queermance’s Matthew Lang and the RMIT Occasional Choral Society for a night of music, giggling, innuendo and cabaret naughtiness. Fresh from their collaboration at Queermance 2014 ROCS and Matthew Lang promise impeccably questionable taste, bawdy humour and songs that would be cabaret classics if they didn’t require a choir backing you up.

This is a fundraiser for Queermance and ROCS and all money raised will go towards Queermance 2015 and the next ROCS concert.

Tickets:
Adult: $15
Concession $10

Book at http://www.trybooking.com/FRBM

Featuring Matthew Lang, Sandra Bogerd, Lettisia George, Geordie Marsh, Kitty Ryan, including the inaugural revelation of a song specifically composed for the night.

We also have a range of prizes and giveaways you have a chance to win on the night, thanks to our amazing supporters. These include:

+ A cut and treatment from hair maestro Andy.R
+ A gift voucher for a $300 corset from Frou Frou & Flounces
+ Two Tickets to Orklesque (yes that’s exactly what it sounds like)
+ A two hour prose/script coaching session from the amazing Karen Corbett
+ A season pass for ROCS 2015 concert series
+ Two tickets to Queermance’s next Queerbaret in April!
This event is funded and supported by RMIT Link Arts & Culture

Sep 18

Very limited $100 Queermance 2015 tickets available

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Today, Queermance passed 100 likes on Facebook. A whole 100 likes in less than six months! It’s an amazing amount of love for a tiny (if growing) festival like ours and in celebration we’ve put up five tickets special $100 tickets up for purchase for Queermance 2015 (April 17-19). To get your hands on one of these special discounted tickets, go to Trybookings and select a Special 100 ticket. Then use the promotional code ‘onehundred’ to take $70 off the ticket price. So thank you again to everyone for your support, see you in April and stay tuned for exciting program updates coming very soon!

 

 

 

Aug 30

Call for Submissions: Queermance Volume II

We’re back for another year! In conjunction with Clan Destine Press, Queermance Australia is searching out the best of Australian and New Zealand Queer Romantic Fiction for our second Anthology and we’re once again throwing the doors open to all writings both published and aspiring.

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We are looking for Stories which:

  • Include a queer relationship. Other elements are encouraged but a relationship must be part of the story, even if it is not foregrounded.
  • Are a minimum of 4000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words
  • Have a strong connection to either Australia or New Zealand. This could be an Aussie or Kiwi expatriate overseas or a story set somewhere in Australia with a strong sense of place.
  • Are in by Monday the 15th of December 2014. Please email to submissions@queermance.com.au

The best stories will be included in the Queermance Anthology. We are currently seeking funding to pay for our stories, but we are unable to commit to funding at this time–stay tuned for an update! Regardless, authors may be contacted by our editorial team in regards to future publication possibilities, including standalone publication. Queermance Vol II will be overseen by Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press, and will be launched at the Hare Hole on Friday the 17th of April 2015.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, our inaugural Anthology, available as an ebook download from Clan Destine Press.

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Mar 22

Queermance Launch

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Queermance Readers from Friday Night. From left to right: NM Harris, Alison Evans, Susan Beck, Matthew Lang and Lindy Cameron

Last night saw the official launch of Queermance 2014 and it was a celebration of the talented writers we have in Australia. We had a great turnout of support and some fantastic readings, some erotic, some humorous, alll wonderful. We had readings about vampires, mythical Irish seals, post apocalyptic Brisbane and mastubation on motorbikes. We had stories about gardens, and love, and cats and people and a spellbound audience, imaginations adrift on a sea of words.

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The RMIT Occasional Choral Society

The evening finished with a performance by the RMIT Occasional Choral Society, who performed some orginal work with a few hidden messages. Personally, I’ll never look at falafel the same way again. All in all, it was a great night, and we look forward to a great festival. Join us tonight at the Hare Hole for Queering the Text, and check out our program for a full list of events you can come along to.

Dreamspinner Press

 

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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. Dreamspinnerpress.com 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.

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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.

Karina Quinn – Author and Editor

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Karina Quinn is an academic and creative writer working in queer theory, fictocriticism, and post-structuralist and feminist theories of the body, subjectivity, and self. She writes short fiction, poetry, and fictocriticism, and is currently writing her PhD titled ‘this body, written’ at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is the co-managing editor of Writing from Below, an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies journal. An accomplished poet and spoken word performer, Karina was recently awarded second prize in the prestigious and long running Newcastle Poetry Prize for her poem “Always going home (a domestic cycle)”.

Karina will be representing Writing from Below at the Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Mar 19

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Lisa-Skye is Melbourne’s favourite femme-daddy-sparkle-puppy-muppet-dominatrix-comedian. She’s just returned from touring her new solo show, making Adelaide Fringe & Perth Fringe World fall in love with her weirdness. See her at the comedy festival with talk show ‘Lisa-Skye’s Lovely Tea Party’, showcasing the best alternative comedians at the fest.

For narcissistic selfies you can follow her on instagram, or on twitter for vapid sex-shark rambling, both @thelisaske. For gig information check out facebook.com/thelisaskye.

Lisa-Skye will be hosting our panel on Writing Relationships, and the Sunday night Queerbaret.

Mar 18

Announcing: Queermance Vol I

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Our Anthology is ready to go and contains some amazing stories we know you’re going to love. We’re proud to announce the following stories will be launched this Friday the 21st of March at The Hare Hole.

Flooded Streets – Julie A Pollard
Leaving Home – Susan Beck
I Blame the Cat – Alison Evans
It’s So Very Lonely – Kerry Greenwood
The Dancers – Kristen Henry
Vanilla – Mary Borsellino
Fearless: Rosalie – Anders
Late Bloomer – NM Harris
The Selkie – Nicole Field
Inheritance – Matthew Lang

Entrance is free and the Anthology itself will be available on the night for a gold coin donation. There will be readings from select pieces and live entertainment courtesy of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society. Click on the cover image above to find our Facebook event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Queermance would like to thank Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press and Jacob Coates of Jaffa Books for curating the 2014 Anthology.

CC Page: Performer

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Internationally acclaimed Australian performer CC Page is schooled in many forms of entertainment, and excels at them all. Be it her skilled circus performances, jaw dropping fire shows, or even her passionate and sensual dance performances, Celina’s raw ability to make you go wow comes from an absolute love of performing everything in front of you and having you walk away amazed.

But Celina’s talent goes well beyond the temptress persona she brings to the stage. Much of her leisure time is spent perfecting her arts to make sure she can bring you the best show possible. How many girls do you know that sleep on their own bed of nails? This absolute passion and involvement in everything she does is what separates her from the mob, and it’s what will leave you in wonderment, as Celina’s sole goal is to entertain and amaze you.

Celina will be performing at the Saturday night Queerbaret.

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