Tag Archive: 2015

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.
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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

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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.

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

Toni Griffin: Author

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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 info@tonigriffin.net 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.

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

Anna Solding: Author and Publisher

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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.

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Available through MidnightSun Pubishing

Bodie Strain: Photographer

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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 pumpkinmook.com and he can be contacted on Twitter @pumpkinmook

RJ Jones: Author

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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.

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Her books can be found at the following websites

Out of the Blue

All Romance Ebooks

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Encore Anthology through Wayward Ink

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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.

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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 https://harrisheart.wordpress.com/

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)

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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)

Queermance Anthology Launch

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When: 7:30PM Friday the 19th of April
Where: The Hare Hole, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No seriously, this is a free event. Please come along.

Come down to the Hare Hole on Friday night to hear readings from Queermance Vol II, our second Anthology of Australian and New Zealand fiction. Stories that have been accepted into this year’s Anthology 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

Queerbaret 2015

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When: 8:00PM Saturday 18th April
Where: The Hare Hole, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Tickets: $25/$20 ($30/$25 on the door)
Bookings: Click Here

After a near sellout performance at The Hare Hole in 2014, Queerbaret is back and on a late night friendly Saturday Night. We’re bringing you an evening of queer readings from Queermance’s authors, some music, a little cabaret, and a little something saucy. The Queerbaret will feature readings by: Amanda Marx, Dosh Luckwell, Isabelle Rowan, Lily Velden, Lindy Cameron, M Sereno, Nicholas G Frank, Nic Starr for Toni Griffin,  NM Harris and ReVerse Butcher. Queerbaret 2015 will also feature music from Matthew Lang and crowd favourite ROCS (the RMIT Occasional Choral Society), a touch of circus from CC Page, and the evening will be hosted by queer comedian Ryan Etherington, fresh from his sellout performance at the Adelaide Fringe.

 

Queermance Author Showcase

 

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When: 7:30 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Hare Hole, 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Tickets: $25/$20 ($30/$25 on the door)
Bookings: Click Here

Hazel Edwards (f2M: the boy within, There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake), Anna Solding (The Hum of Concrete), Kevin Klehr (Drama Queens and Adult Themes), Nigel Bartlett (King of the Road), superstar C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince Trilogy) and special international guest Max Vos (My Hero, Sasquatch) perform readings of their works at the Hare Hole.

Come have a drink, grab a book, grab an autograph, and enjoy showstopping fiction from some of Queermance​ 2015’s most amazing writers. Every ticket purchased also has a chance of winning an extra little something in our Queermance 2015 Lucky Dip.

 

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Publishers

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When: 4:00 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Publishers, as the world knows, have long lunches, lazily spend time with their feet up reading through amazing books which people send them for free and jealously guard the gates of publishing from amazing aspiring writing talent who have at least one amazing book in them.

Publishers, as anyone in the industry knows, have found that the days of long lunches are over, that it’s harder to get talent noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and wading through the ever growing slush pile in the hope of finding the next gem is both a draining and exhausting prospect. And please don’t mention delicate writer egos.

Following the success of last year’s Meet the Publishers Panel, we’re bringing along more publishers and giving you all a chance to meet, mingle chat and maybe even pitch a story or two over tea, coffee and nibbles on a casual Sunday afternoon. Book your ticket now for this limited entry event or grab a festival pass and come and meet publishers and editors from Clan Destine Press, MidnightSun Publishing, eXtasy Books, Little Raven, Fireborn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Press, Stein & Wilde Publishing, Dark Matter Zine and Writing from Below Journal.

Workshop: Non-Boring Collaborative Writing with Hazel Edwards

When: 2:30 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $30 General Admission, $50 Collaborator Double Pass (2 people)
Bookings: Click Here

Although arguably better known for There’s A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, Hazel Edwards rates f2m: the boy within as one of her most important works. Co-written with Ryan Kennedy, a man she’s known since he presented as a nine year old girl, Hazel knows a thing or two about collaborative writing, and has graciously agreed to run a very special workshop on non-boring collaborative writing.

If you are currently planning a collaborative work, Hazel suggests coming along together to get the most out of this workshop.

About the Presenter:
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.

Since then Hazel has written critically acclaimed childrens and young adult fiction, was awarded the Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship in 2001, and in 2013 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to literature.

A is for Asexual: Queer Identities

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When: 12:00 PM Sunday 19th April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

A is for Asexual. B is for Bi. I is for Intersex. T is for Trans. When talking about Queer fiction it’s very easy to get stuck on fiction about gay men, or fiction about lesbians. Queermance itself was the brainchild of two authors of gay fiction, and sometimes it’s worth reminding ourselves that there are other letters and colours out there in the alphabet soup or quilted bag. Join your Sunday Host Beck Mitchell, Asexual Awareness Advocate and avid reader Hespa, Amanda Marx, Anna Solding and Hazel Edwards OAM as they talk about writing as and about some of the queer identities that are even harder to find in queer fiction. Where are the opportunities, what are the common misunderstandings and how can you be a supportive ally?

Australian Voices

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When: 10:30AM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

Australia. Kangaroos. Uluru. Koalas. Drop bears. All of the top ten most venomous snakes in the world. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Mention the name and a hundred thousand associations pop up. But let’s add an ‘n’. Australian. Let’s add a few more words. Writing. Queer. Now what are you thinking? Queer Australians? Queers in Australia? What does Queer Australian writing look like anyway? What does it read like? Should it be anything other than what it is?

Join Sunday Hostess with the Mostess Beck Mitchell, Toni Griffin, M Sereno, NM Harris and Renae Kaye as they give their take on what it means to write Australia.

 

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Authors

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When: Saturday 18th April, 5:15 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Come join us for coffee, tea and fingerfoods as you mingle with our attending authors in a casual event with no expectations. Asking for books to be signed is encouraged too. Seriously. While away the afternoon talking with Hazel Edwards about the plural of hippopotamus over cake, chat dramatically to Kevin Klehr, talk all things crime with Nigel Bartlett, or chat about fantasy kingdoms with C. S. Pacat, this is a chance to interact with your favourite authors out of your seats and then come see them do readings at our Queerbaret and Author Showcase Events.

Please see our attending authors to see who you could meet.

Across the Genres

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When: Saturday 18th of April, 4:00 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

It’s been said that there’s two types of fiction–fiction you like, and fiction you don’t. The rest is just a way to organise bookshelves in stores. On the other hand, sometimes you want to know if you’re opening a book to robots, magic, spaceships, werewolves, a detective story or any of a number of genres that are being printed. Want cowboys? Okay. Kick ass lesbian crime fighters, we’ve got that covered too. The story of a young man finding he was born in the wrong body, yeah.

Come join Nigel Bartlett, Kevin Klehr, Beany Sparks and Lindy Cameron, author and publisher at Clan Destine Press as they talk all things across all the genres. Or you know, as many as we can fit in an hour and a half.

Workshop: Reading for your Audience with Karen Corbett

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When: Saturday 18th February, 2:30 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry
Tickets: $30
Bookings: Click Here

Whether your getting on stage to present your work to your adoring fans, reading to camera for your YouTube channel or just wanting to get better at public speaking, performing for theatre or just giving a speech, sometimes the hardest thing to do is be funny. Be engaging. Be an amazing public speaker. Do you do the funny voices? Do you do character voices. How long should your pauses be? Are these even the right questions to be asking?

Thankfully, we’re here to help. Theatre Queen Karen Corbett is at Queermance to help us all speak better in public. Or for the public. They’re different, but complimentary skills. Grab yourself a ticket or festival pass, and join us for a one of a kind workshop.

About the Facilitator:
Karen Corbett is a Melbourne playwright, actor, director, educator and dramaturge. 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.

 

 

Hot Spicy and Queer Erotica

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When: Saturday 18th April, 12:00 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

One of our most popular discussion topics returns for more talk about Tab A and Slot B and the various sexy and non-sexy things that get written into the pages of books and stories for your arousal or amusement. Leave awkward arm, third arm, bouncing balls and levitating asses behind and come along to chat with Talia Eilon, Managing Editor of Little Raven, international special guest Max Vos, and authors Nicholas G Frank, Tamsin Baker and C.S Pacat as they talk about the ins, outs, arounds, titillation, suggestion, and downright smutty.

A Picture’s Worth

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When: Saturday 18th April, 10:30AM
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

Writers paint word pictures. Visual artists use paint, pencils, digital media and photography to tell a story, and whether used as part of a larger narrative, placed on the cover of a book or collected into a display, visual art has the power to move us, entice us, or make us pick up a completely different book and read that one instead.

Hosted by Scarlett Rugers of The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency and last year’s Judging a Book By it’s Cover presentation, Queermance brings you artwork by Paul Richmond, Anne Cain, Zathyn Priest, L.C. Chase, M Sereno, Raven Schofield, Lea Jeges and Bodie Strain. Raven, Lea, M Sereno and Bodie will be joining Scarlett to to discuss their work, their creative processes and why they do what they do.

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