Tag Archive: 2015

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.

Apr 15

Queermance Program Launch: Take One!

Program Cover

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 12

Tamsin Baker: Author


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.

Apr 11

Free Parking Anyone?


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!


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.


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.

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.

Apr 06

Queermance 2015 Press Release

Please find the Queermance Press Release here:


Queermance 2015 Press Release

Melbourne, VIC, 1/04/2015 – On the 17st to 19rd of April writers, readers and publishers will come together to network, discuss and celebrate queer relationships in fiction. Featuring authors Hazel Edwards OAM (f2M: the Boy Within, Ford Stret Books), Nigel Bartlett (King of the Road,  Random House), C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince Trilogy, Penguin) and international guest Max Vos (My Hero) amongst others, Queermance promises to be a crucial event for queer writers and readers alike.

Panels include range from talks on Queer Identity and writing about Australia to one all about keeping those all important sex scenes erotically charged. Queermance is also running two workshops, one on writing collaboratively led by Medal of the Order of Australia recipient Hazel Edwards, and one on how to read in public by playwright, actor and multi-award winner Karen Corbett. There are also plenty of evening events, including the launch of Queermance Vol II, an Anthology celebrating Australian and New Zealand queer writing, a superlative Queerbaret combining literary readings, music, circus, comedy and just that little bit of smut, and an Author Showcase featuring readings and bok signings from some of our most outstanding authors.

Now in it’s second year, the Queermance Festival is the brainchild of authors Matthew Lang (The Secret of Talmor Manor) and Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin), who would like to see GLBT relationships as celebrated as those of their heterosexual peers.

“We know that there’s a demand for queer writing out there, and we’re just happy to be able to showcase it,” Lang said. “Especially now the big publishers are getting involved.”

Queermance festival passes are available now and includes lunches on both Saturday and Sunday at the Mercure on Therry Street, and entry into the evening events at the Hare Hole in Fitzroy. Individual tickets for panel sessions, and public events  Author Showcase and Queerbaret are also available. For more information on the program, please visit www.queermance.com.au

You can get in touch with the Queermance organisers here.

Max Vos: Author

Max Vos

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.

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 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

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.

Ryan Etherington: Comedian


“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.

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

Kevin K
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 deerishus.tumblr.com, 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

Rainbow Ninja

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:
Email: renaekaye@iinet.net.au
Website: www.renaekaye.weebly.com
FB: www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9
Twitter: @renaekkaye


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