Tag Archive: Queermance

Mar 20

Call for Submissions: Extended

With the shift in dates for Queermance itself, we’ve been able to extend the dates for submissions to Queermance Volume III until the 2nd of September 2016.

If you’re thinking of submitting a story to us, check out our call for submissions here.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, and Queermance Vol II, available as ebooks from Clan Destine Press.

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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.

 

Jan 11

Queermance Festival Early Bird Tickets Now Available

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Tickets for Queermance 2016 are now live. We’re still locking in the program (so far it’s looking amazing), and finalising food options for you lovely people, but we’re putting up our early bird tickets now so that you can start looking at dates–so these ticket prices will go up once things are finalised, but for now, Adult Tickets are $130 and Concession Tickets are $80. That’s a significant drop in price from last year, and we hope to keep it that way. We won’t be providing lunches on Saturday and Sunday anymore, but the ticket cost will include morning and afternoon tea and a meet and greet with finger foods on Friday the 18th of March.

The Queermance Festival will run from the 18th to the 20th of March and will include a Queer Identities panel with a range of new people from the community for you to meet, and Everyday Queer panel about real life people and allies doing extraordinary things, and workshops on Writing Erotica and Shibari (Japanese Rope Bondage).

We look forward to seeing you all at Midsumma, and at the Festival itself.

Dec 10

Queermance @ Carnival

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Queermance will have a presence at the 2016 Midsumma Carnival. I repeat, Queermance will have a presence at the 2016 Midsumma Carnival. Somewhere in the sea of white tents will be a small oasis of shade, calm and books. We don’t know where yet, but now that it’s been announced, we can’t back out. So here it is – when you find us, please come into our tent, chill out on our beanbags, and borrow a book from our little library of queer fiction. We will also have books for sale if you decide you like one.

So come join us on Carnival Day, Sunday the 17th of January and take a break from the sun and chill out for a bit with a good book.

If you’re an author and would like to have your book sold at our Midsumma Stall or stocked in our Library, please contact us at info@queermance.com.au, if there’s any excess stock, we’re also happy to carry them over to the festival proper.

 

Dec 03

Queer Identities – Midsumma Edition

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Note: The date of this event has changed from the official Midsumma Guide to not clash with Pride March.

When: 11:00AM Sunday 24th January 2016
Where: Upstairs @ Hairy Little Sista, 236 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Tickets: $15/$10
Bookings: Click Here

GLBT, LGBTIQ, QUILTBAG, Alphabet Soup. You’ve heard them all, now come meet the members of your community you don’t always spend time with. Featuring Hespa, Park Ranger and Asexual Awareness Advocate, Amanda Marx, Genderfluid Poet, self described male femme Princess, and hosted by pansexual author Beck Mitchell, Queer Identities shines a light on the experiences of the diverse identities that make up our Queermunity.

So come join us for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a chat about gender diversity, sexuality, asexuality and not always fitting in.

This panel is presented as part of the Midsumma 2016 Program.

Nov 27

Submissions now open for Queermance Anthology 2016

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It’s been a while–but yes, Queermance is back and planning for 2016 is happening in earnest. We have a lot of plans for the future, some of which aren’t ready to be talked about, but right now, please sharpen your pencils, grab your favourite pen or charge your electronic device of choice and start writing – because Submissions for Queermance Volume III are now open.

This year we’re looking for the best Oceanic Queer short stories:

Submission Criteria:

  • Between 3000-5000 words in length
  • Showcase one or more queer relationships
  • Have a strong sense of character or strong sense of place that fits with Oceania.
    • For the purposes of this Anthology, we’re defining Oceania as Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Southeast Asia.
  • Stories will be paid with a flat fee of $25 Australian Dollars per story.
  • Submissions are open to all authors regardless of geographical location, gender identity or sexuality.
  • Please send all stories to submissions@queermance.com.au in .docx .rtf .doc or .pdf format.
  • Submissions close midnight Saturday the 30th of January.

This means you can have a story about an Australian in New York, or about two queer aliens crash landing in Singapore or the Solomon Islands as long as the place shines through.

If you’d like to see what we’ve published before, please check out Queermance Vol I, and Queermance Vol II, available as ebooks from Clan Destine Press.

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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.

Apr 11

Free Parking Anyone?

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We posted this on our Facebook page, but for everyone thinking of parking their car in the city and wanting free parking, you could do worse than use this. Not all Car Parks in Melbourne allow overnight bookings however, so you may want to double check the carpark you’re selecting is open 24 hours. 392 Bourke St Melbourne is probably the closest one to the Mercure.

Please note that Queermance is not affiliated with Secure Parking or this offer. It’s just something we found that we thought people might be able to use. Booking in advance is highly recommended as we anticipate parking will fill up quickly. To use this offer you’ll need to visit www.secureparking.com.au.

For other parking options, including those around Hares & Hyenas, please see our Venues page.

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.

 

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.

Apr 06

Queermance 2015 Press Release

Please find the Queermance Press Release here:

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Queermance 2015 Press Release

Melbourne, VIC, 1/04/2015 – On the 17st to 19rd of April writers, readers and publishers will come together to network, discuss and celebrate queer relationships in fiction. Featuring authors Hazel Edwards OAM (f2M: the Boy Within, Ford Stret Books), Nigel Bartlett (King of the Road,  Random House), C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince Trilogy, Penguin) and international guest Max Vos (My Hero) amongst others, Queermance promises to be a crucial event for queer writers and readers alike.

Panels include range from talks on Queer Identity and writing about Australia to one all about keeping those all important sex scenes erotically charged. Queermance is also running two workshops, one on writing collaboratively led by Medal of the Order of Australia recipient Hazel Edwards, and one on how to read in public by playwright, actor and multi-award winner Karen Corbett. There are also plenty of evening events, including the launch of Queermance Vol II, an Anthology celebrating Australian and New Zealand queer writing, a superlative Queerbaret combining literary readings, music, circus, comedy and just that little bit of smut, and an Author Showcase featuring readings and bok signings from some of our most outstanding authors.

Now in it’s second year, the Queermance Festival is the brainchild of authors Matthew Lang (The Secret of Talmor Manor) and Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin), who would like to see GLBT relationships as celebrated as those of their heterosexual peers.

“We know that there’s a demand for queer writing out there, and we’re just happy to be able to showcase it,” Lang said. “Especially now the big publishers are getting involved.”

Queermance festival passes are available now and includes lunches on both Saturday and Sunday at the Mercure on Therry Street, and entry into the evening events at the Hare Hole in Fitzroy. Individual tickets for panel sessions, and public events  Author Showcase and Queerbaret are also available. For more information on the program, please visit www.queermance.com.au

You can get in touch with the Queermance organisers here.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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