Tag Archive: 2014

Sandra Bogerd: Singer


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.

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, www.matthew-lang.com, 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 Amazon.com.

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.
Website: http://www.isabellerowan.com
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

Mar 20

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.

Karina Quinn – Author and Editor

Karina Quinn

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



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.

RMIT Occasional Choral Society: Performers


ROCS-MThe RMIT Occasional Choral Society (ROCS) is a student run choir at RMIT University. They are a non-auditioned choir, and open to everyone – you do not have to be an RMIT student to join. ROCS performs a wide variety of music and welcomes everyone with a willingness to learn and a love of song.

With space limited, only a select contingent from ROCS will be appearing at Queermance, and we would to thank Geordie Marsh, Adil Soh-Lim, Sandra Bogerd, Anna Nicolson, Hayden Johns and Shannon Castle for volunteering their time. They will be performing at our Friday night Queermance Volume II Anthology Launch and our Saturday Night Queerbaret.

ROCS is a collective funded by RMIT Link Arts & Culture.

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Mar 18

Jules Wilkinson – Author

Jules Wilkinson

Jules Wilkinson writes everything from essays on pop culture to fanfic, stand-up comedy and perverted porn. Jules’ stand-up comedy has confused, and occasionally amused, audiences at festivals around Australia including the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Midsumma  and Mardi Gras. A fangirl to her core, Jules is the administrator of the Supernatural Wiki which documents everything about the TV series Supernatural and its fandom.

Jules will be hosting our Saturday Writing What You Aren’t panel, and performing at reading at the Sunday Queerbaret.

Mar 18

Louise Bourchier – D.VICE

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Louise Bourchier knows pleasure! She is a sex educator who runs workshops on sexual pleasure, sexual health and sexuality for adult audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand. Since 2011 Louise has also been working with D.VICE, a sex positive adult store in Richmond, where she presents the monthly SexWorx Seminar series. She presents workshops to a variety of different adult groups, with audiences ranging, from university students, to Sexpo attendees, to sexual health professionals. Louise also has her finger on the pulse of sexual health. Prior to joining D.VICE Louise worked in sexual health promotion, and in 2012 she completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne specialising in sexual health.

Louise will be presenting the Sex Toy Workshop on Sunday the 23rd of March.

Twitter: @louiselabouche

Nicholas G. Frank: Author

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Nicholas G Frank is a writer and spoken word performer. He grew up in Melbourne and loves it there, however he would be quite happy to move to San Francisco, Barcelona or Zanzibar.  After fifteen years teaching, he found himself a little more excited telling stories than teaching about particle theory and geometry. So he left.

Nicholas advocates the view that humans are works in progress until death. Consequently he is continually excited by how much he has yet to learn and thinks that this will mean he is living for a long time.

Nicholas’s stories have appeared in anthologies including banQuet 2011 and banQuet 2012 and Little Raven 2 & 3.

He’s easily distracted and his monkey mind often needs a slap to quieten down. His favourite ‘slaps’ usually involve a pash and or – a dance floor. Nicholas is inclined to be Frank.

Nicholas will be appearing on our Hot, Spicy and Queer Erotica panel. You can hang out with him at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea and he will also be doing a reading at our Saturday Night Queerbaret.

Mar 11

Luke Miller – Game Developer


Luke Miller is an indie game developer from Melbourne. He is the creator of My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant, a gay-themed adventure game for PC, Mac and Linux featuring character art by award-winning artist Joe Phillips. He is currently working on a sequel, Escape from Pleasure Planet.

Luke will be appearing at the Saturday Night Queering the Text

Mar 10

Nicole Field – Author

Nicole Field

Nicole Field likes to hole up in her room with her laptop lifeline, music and incense. When she dares to step outside into the “real world” she enjoys watching Buffy and other trashy television. Her next aim in life is to create the never ending cup of tea.

Favourite authors include Francesca Lia Block, Joanne Harris and Robin Hobb.

Nicole is a Young Adult author who writes across the spectrum of sexuality. Her most recent novel, Gothic, is out now from Leap of Faith Publishing. Nicole will be appearing on the ABCs of Social Interaction – Writing Relationships panel on Sunday the 23rd of March.

Talia Eilon: Editor


Talia Eilon (BA Fr, BA Hons Eng) has been editing since 1998 and joined Little Raven in 2012. She’s worked as a translator and English teacher, and edited for the technical and marketing sectors. Her first love is fiction. She has a soft spot for speculative genres – fantasy, weird, gothic – and, of course, erotica. She finds working with writers deeply rewarding, and sees it as a lesson not just for the author, but also herself. Talia edited Little Raven OneLittle Raven Two,Little Raven Three and A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014.

Talia will be hosting our Hot and Spicy Erotica panel on Saturday.

Mar 10

Lamplight Circus – Performers

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Circus & Sideshow Boylesque homegrown in Melbourne, Lamplight is the brainchild of Sebastian Edwards and Skipp Christiansen. Lamplight Circus will be showcasing their talents at the Sunday Night Queerbaret.

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Sebastian has spent the past eleven years travelling up and down Australia’s east coast training in the circus. Primarily a character based performer, Sebastian works in clown, MC, boylesque, acrobalance, object manipulation, stilts, sideshow and aerial arts.
He has worked festivals, nightclubs and burlesque houses across the country, and his training includes such illustrious companies as Circus Oz, NICA, C!RCA and Zen Zen Zo.
Sebastian is a consummate entertainer, proven to please crowds with both skill-based wonders and feats of danger.

Skipp Christiansen ‘aka’ The Gravity WarriorSkipp
Skipp has trained as a juggler since the age of 14 developing world class technical and performance abilities. While attending master classes with Marco Poaletti in Sydney he was inspired to specialise in ball juggling and has since created an individual style and flair. He completed his Bachelor of Arts acting for stage and screen at Charles Sturt University where he further explored his love of live entertainment. After working in Sydney as a screen actor he ran away to join the circus and since coming to Melbourne in 2012 has co-founded “Lamplight Circus” with Sebastian Edwards and trained with some of Melbourne most talented circus practitioners, including full time training with the acclaimed Spin Circus Academy. Since coming to Melbourne Skipp has branched out into the specialties of Side show, acro-balance, hand balance and tumbling, working to become a circus unto himself. With acts ranging from high energy juggling and death defying balance to jaw dropping side show stunts and high level acrobatics, whether he is balancing a flaming scythe on his face, supporting himself with one arm, lighting up a room with electricity flowing through his body or keeping 6 objects aloft Skipp is a highly skilled showman and definitely one to watch out for.

Mar 10

Jacob Coates – Publisher

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Jacob Coates, Publisher at Jaffa Books.

A graduate from QUT in Brisbane, Jacob set up Jaffa Books in 2011 to create a Brisbane-based publishing house that provided an alternative option for local writers to the major publishers.
Jacob has been a very keen reader from a very young age, starting off with books like The Famous Five and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He first read The Hobbit aged 8, and has been hooked on fantasy and science fiction ever since.
His favourite authors include Maggie Furey, Jasper Fforde, JRR Tolkien, and JK Rowling.

Jacob will be appearing on the panel Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published, and at Queering the Text, both on Saturday the 22nd of March. See our program for full details.