Tag Archive: Festival

Feb 27

Queermance: Now coming November 2016

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You may have already noticed the change to the front page, but we wanted to make an official announcement. The Australian Grand Prix has shifted its dates and is now running the dates we’d originally planned to hold Queermance in March. This is making everything really unaffordable and we don’t want to raise our ticket prices after just managing to drop them. We also don’t like what the hotels would be charging our interstate guests or any Victorians who wish to stay in the city over the festival weekend.

So we’re pushing it back to November, which is a lot further than originally intended, mostly in an attempt to avoid the cold Melbourne winter. So we’re now running November 19th and 20th, and we hope you’ll still join us. Our intended program may shift slightly as a result, but we’ll be confirming as much of that as far ahead of time as we can, so stay tuned for updates on that.

On behalf of the Queermance Committee, thanks for your patience and understanding, and we hope to see you all in November.

 

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.

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?

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

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

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.

Mar 09

Queermance Opening Night and Anthology Launch

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8:00 PM Friday 21st of March 2014
The Hare Hole

Join us for the opening night of the Queermance Literary Festival and the launch of Queermance Volume I. Published by Clan Destine Press, the Anthology features stories from Kerry Greenwood, Matthew Lang and many more. With entertainment from ROCS and readings from the authors, the event is free entry and the Anthology will be available for a gold coin donation.

You can of course, still book tickets to the Queermance Festival below.

Feb 27

Queerbaret

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8PM Sunday 23rd March @ The Hare Hole


The closing night Queerbaret brings together some of the best Queer performers and writers in a celebration of GLBT relationships in movement, song and spoken word. It’s saucy, sassy, appropriately inappropriate and guaranteed to make you feel squishy inside. Or possibly make you want to sit down and carefully cross your legs while looking furtively around to make sure no-one’s looking at you. Featuring work and performances from:

  • Isabelle Rowan
  • CC Page
  • Matthew Lang
  • Nicolas G. Frank
  • Lamplight Circus
  • RMIT Occasional Choral Society (ROCS)
  • And many more

Tickets: $20/$15
Book your ticket now at TryBookings.


You can also purchase a Queermance Festival ticket, which includes entry into Queering the Text and all other Queermance events.

Feb 26

Queering the Text

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8PM Saturday 22nd March

Can you judge a book by its cover? Do plots really make sense? Do authors really know what that toy is for? Join us as we ask the hard, not so hard, and downright silly questions to authors and publishers of queer work. And can you really sell ‘Queer’ as a commodity? Featuring some of Australia’s best Queer authors and publishers, including Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin, Ink), Matthew Lang (The Way You Are, The Secret of Talmor Manor), Jacob Coates of Jaffa Books and Lindy Cameron of Clan Destine Press.

Queering the text promises to be a night of laughs, authoroke (it’s probably exactly what you think it is), and yes, some of our favourite books.

Tickets: $15/$10
Book your ticket now at TryBookings.

You can also purchase a Queermance Festival ticket, which includes entry into Queering the Text and all other Queermance events.

Feb 03

Queermance Launched!

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It’s been over a year in the making, but Queermance 2014 is here. A portmanteau of “Queer” and “Romance”, Queermance runs from Friday the 21st of March to Sunday the 23rd of March and is a combination of literary festival and writers’ conference. It has a schedule of talks and workshops for writers looking to gain skills and inspiration, or just to pick the brain of other authors, editors and publishers.

For writers, conference tickets are $160, or $140 concession. This includes access to all writers conference events, including lunch and morning and afternoon teas, and access to the three big public events at the Hare Hole each night. It will also include a complimentary copy of Queermance, our inaugural Anthology of the best Queermantic short stories from Australia and New Zealand (and if you’re an author, submit your story here). Tickets for the evening events will be available soon.

Our program will continue to grow in the coming month as we lock in presenters, so check back often to find out what’s new. Currently we have confirmed Australian publishers Clan Destine Press and Jaffa Books will be in attendance, and both presses are looking for authors so get your ticket today and polish up your story pitches!

Program Highlights include:

  • Giving Birth – Everything you need to know about getting published
  • The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica
  • The Great Debate: Authors vs. Publishers
  • Queerbaret – Closing night @ The Hare Hole