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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.

 

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?

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.

 

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 12

New Workshop: LGBT Sex Toys with D.VICE

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It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re very happy to announce that Queermance is partnering with d.vice to bring you a sex toy workshop. We’ll bring you more details once they’re finalised but our workshop will be up and running on Sunday the 23rd of March at 2PM. Stand alone tickets will be available soon, but the entry to the workshop is free with a festival pass, so grab yours today. You can check out d.vice’s webstore here, and find out more about them below.

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.

Feb 27

Panel: The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica

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11:45AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicolas G. Frank (Wet Pants and Intermittent Relief from Monkey Mind), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns)  and Talia Eilon (Managing Editor at Little Raven). Hosted by Karina Quinn (Joint Managing Editor, Writing from Below, La Trobe University).

Writing sex isn’t hard–which is sometimes the problem. Writing good sex guaranteed to get you going hard (literally or metaphorically speaking) is a bit more tricky.

Whether it’s third arm syndrome, body positions requiring three years of training as a contortionist just to get into, or men who somehow manage to cum bucketloads three times a day for five days straight–or not so straight, there are a lot of things that can throw a reader of their stroke.

Whether you’re writing erotica, romantica, queermantica, or just planning on fading to black, there’s a lot to learn from erotic fiction, which demands its writers hold the attention of their audience. After all, when it comes to reading, there’s not much worse than boring sex.

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

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!