Tag Archive: Program

Apr 15

Queermance Program Launch: Take One!

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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.

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

 

Author-Showcase

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Mar 18

Workshop: Sex Toys with D.VICE

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2:00 PM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Some people store them under the bed. Some people have a special drawer. Others have a designated toybox. Others don’t know how half of the objects above are used. This workshop is for all those writers who are interested in seeing what’s out there in the world of sex toys! We will look at a wide range of sex toys available, from buttplugs, to vibrators, from strap-ons to nipple clamps.

Toy expert Louise Bourchier will explain how the various toys work, who commonly uses the different types of toys and how to maximise both fun and safety when using them (or writing about using them!). There will also be samples to look at. Possibly handle.

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Mar 11

Luke Miller – Game Developer

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Luke Miller is an indie game developer from Melbourne. He is the creator of My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant, a gay-themed adventure game for PC, Mac and Linux featuring character art by award-winning artist Joe Phillips. He is currently working on a sequel, Escape from Pleasure Planet.

Luke will be appearing at the Saturday Night Queering the Text

Mar 10

Panel: Writing What You Aren’t

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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.

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

Panel: Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published

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11:45AM Saturday 22nd March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring Lindy Cameron, owner and publisher at Clan Destine Press), Jacob Coates, owner and publisher at Jaffa Books and Alison Todd, editor at Rooster and Pig and former editor in chief and acquisitions editor at Silver Publishing. Hosted by author Nicolas G. Frank.

Publishing it is said (although they never say by whom) is a lot like childbirth. Inspiration is easy to come by, exciting, fun and just like sex, it’s a bit transient. Work takes time to gestate and form, and while you bask in the warm glow of impending artist-hood, you also run around trying to set up the nursery. Do you have an ABN? Do you even need one? What about professional editing? 

Of course, all analogies can only go so far. To even get to childbirth you have to keep working, refining, redrafting and getting past the gatekeepers of taste known as Acquisition Editors. Of course, some people have no problems getting past the slush pile. Some people know how to write a submissions query. And some are on the other end reaching for the wine glass as they wade through yet another letter about someone’s pride and joy and willing the story they’re about to read to be worth risking money on…

We bring together three of the people on the other side of the slush pile to answer your questions on just what it takes to get published, and what publishing houses are actually looking for.

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 26

Sunday Event: Free Books!

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We’re less than four weeks away from rolling out Queermance and we’re very proud to provide information on one of our premium events: Blind Book Dates. Previously given the code name Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String, this event put s queer spin on something already being done by readers throughout the world. A number of fantastic queer books will be wrapped up in plain paper, and a few key words will be written on the packaging.

Conference attendees will be able to pick up one book–or more than one book if we have extras–and it’s yours to keep at no additional charge. Please read and enjoy–and you’ll probably find yourself with something you’d never have picked up normally.

All books are being donated by authors and publishers, so if you do like what you read, we do encourage you to support your local queer bookstore, and support the writers who paint word pictures for you to lose yourself in.

If you’re an author or publisher and would like to donate a book or two, please send them to:

Queermance Blind Book Dates
PO Box 121,
Bittern, VIC
Australia, 3918

Please also include a brief note about the author and a few key words you think best describe the work. We will accept ebooks for this event, but all major formats must be included (.mobi, .epub and .pdf) on a USB that should be posted to the same address.

Don’t have a ticket to Queermance yet? Book yours today!