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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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!

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.

Isabelle Rowan: Author

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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.

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These as well as her novella’s are available at Dreamspinner Press

Mar 10

Panel: Writing What You Aren’t

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Image by Drew Coffman

10:30 AM Saturday 22rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Susan Beck (Weekend at Lennox), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns) and Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin). Hosted by Jules Wilkinson (Squee! the Book).

One of the first things you’re told is to write what you know. Of course, if this is the writer’s maxim, one has to ask if one needs to be a sorcerer to write about sorcery, a vampire to write about vampires, or even a gay man to write about gay men.

It’s been an open secret that a large portion of queer fiction–especially male/male fiction–is written by women. Often heterosexual women. A lot of the readers are straight women as well, and there’s even been a book written on the subject.

So how do you write about someone when there’s literally no way to walk any distance in their shoes at all? How do you write about a community you aren’t part of and who can take offence if you don’t get the details right? We ask three of our favourite female authors just that–and for any research tips which might be useful regardless of what you’re writing.

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.