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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.

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.

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.

 

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

Sep 18

Very limited $100 Queermance 2015 tickets available

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Today, Queermance passed 100 likes on Facebook. A whole 100 likes in less than six months! It’s an amazing amount of love for a tiny (if growing) festival like ours and in celebration we’ve put up five tickets special $100 tickets up for purchase for Queermance 2015 (April 17-19). To get your hands on one of these special discounted tickets, go to Trybookings and select a Special 100 ticket. Then use the promotional code ‘onehundred’ to take $70 off the ticket price. So thank you again to everyone for your support, see you in April and stay tuned for exciting program updates coming very soon!

 

 

 

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 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: 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

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 11

Conference rooms available at the Mercure on Therry

 

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The Mercure on Therry has kindly agreed to provide a discounted room rate to Queermance 2014 conference guests.

Friday 22st March: $195 including breakfast (regular rate $211)

Saturday 23nd March: $195 including breakfast (regular rate $241)

Thursday 21th/Monday 24th: $145 including breakfast (regular rate $181)

To get access to the rates,book your Queermance conference tickets and then call or email the Mercure directly and tell them you need to make a booking for Queermance 2014. The room rates are guaranteed through to the end of February, after that it may not be available. You can call the Mercure on 03 9637 6610 or email them at sales@mecuretherrystreet.com.au

We’ve got a number of announcements coming soon with event details and new events, so check back for regular updates and get your ticket today before they all sell out!

Feb 03

Queermance Launched!

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It’s been over a year in the making, but Queermance 2014 is here. A portmanteau of “Queer” and “Romance”, Queermance runs from Friday the 21st of March to Sunday the 23rd of March and is a combination of literary festival and writers’ conference. It has a schedule of talks and workshops for writers looking to gain skills and inspiration, or just to pick the brain of other authors, editors and publishers.

For writers, conference tickets are $160, or $140 concession. This includes access to all writers conference events, including lunch and morning and afternoon teas, and access to the three big public events at the Hare Hole each night. It will also include a complimentary copy of Queermance, our inaugural Anthology of the best Queermantic short stories from Australia and New Zealand (and if you’re an author, submit your story here). Tickets for the evening events will be available soon.

Our program will continue to grow in the coming month as we lock in presenters, so check back often to find out what’s new. Currently we have confirmed Australian publishers Clan Destine Press and Jaffa Books will be in attendance, and both presses are looking for authors so get your ticket today and polish up your story pitches!

Program Highlights include:

  • Giving Birth – Everything you need to know about getting published
  • The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica
  • The Great Debate: Authors vs. Publishers
  • Queerbaret – Closing night @ The Hare Hole