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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!

Sep 30

Cabaret Event: Get Your ROCS Off!

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A Queerlaboration of the highest order, join Queermance’s Matthew Lang and the RMIT Occasional Choral Society for a night of music, giggling, innuendo and cabaret naughtiness. Fresh from their collaboration at Queermance 2014 ROCS and Matthew Lang promise impeccably questionable taste, bawdy humour and songs that would be cabaret classics if they didn’t require a choir backing you up.

This is a fundraiser for Queermance and ROCS and all money raised will go towards Queermance 2015 and the next ROCS concert.

Tickets:
Adult: $15
Concession $10

Book at http://www.trybooking.com/FRBM

Featuring Matthew Lang, Sandra Bogerd, Lettisia George, Geordie Marsh, Kitty Ryan, including the inaugural revelation of a song specifically composed for the night.

We also have a range of prizes and giveaways you have a chance to win on the night, thanks to our amazing supporters. These include:

+ A cut and treatment from hair maestro Andy.R
+ A gift voucher for a $300 corset from Frou Frou & Flounces
+ Two Tickets to Orklesque (yes that’s exactly what it sounds like)
+ A two hour prose/script coaching session from the amazing Karen Corbett
+ A season pass for ROCS 2015 concert series
+ Two tickets to Queermance’s next Queerbaret in April!
This event is funded and supported by RMIT Link Arts & Culture

Mar 22

Queermance Launch

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Queermance Readers from Friday Night. From left to right: NM Harris, Alison Evans, Susan Beck, Matthew Lang and Lindy Cameron

Last night saw the official launch of Queermance 2014 and it was a celebration of the talented writers we have in Australia. We had a great turnout of support and some fantastic readings, some erotic, some humorous, alll wonderful. We had readings about vampires, mythical Irish seals, post apocalyptic Brisbane and mastubation on motorbikes. We had stories about gardens, and love, and cats and people and a spellbound audience, imaginations adrift on a sea of words.

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The RMIT Occasional Choral Society

The evening finished with a performance by the RMIT Occasional Choral Society, who performed some orginal work with a few hidden messages. Personally, I’ll never look at falafel the same way again. All in all, it was a great night, and we look forward to a great festival. Join us tonight at the Hare Hole for Queering the Text, and check out our program for a full list of events you can come along to.

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.

Matthew Lang: Author

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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.

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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

Panel: The ABCs of Social Interaction – Writing Relationships

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10:30AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicole Field (Gothic), Matthew Lang (The Secret of Talmor Manor), and Lindy Cameron (Thicker than Water, Publisher at Clan Destine Press). Hosted by Lisa-Skye. 

We all have relationships. Some are good, some aren’t. Some last for years, some last hours. Describing even one of them fully would easily take more than the eighty to ninety thousand words of your average novel. So what bits do you put in? How do make it compelling? And do you really need to explain to straight people that gender roles aren’t part of a same sex relationship?

We bring you authors who have first hand experience of types of relationships they write about, and written stories that speak to the communities that are featured in their work. Sometimes they write romance. Sometimes they write crime. Sometimes is speculative fiction. But all the time, it’s the crafting of moments–a touch, a conversation, a look–that progress a relationship through the pages of a novel, often while something else entirely is going on.

Whether they’re explicitly sexual or not, or even if you’re writing a friendship rather than a romance, balancing characters and their connections is crucial to any story. Situations come and go, and more often than not the conclusion to a story is assumed to be know. The telling of the journey is what matters, and what makes each journey different are the people that undertake it–the people you create in the realms of your imagination.

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.