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Has social media succeeded over traditional platforms?

Saturday 6 November 2021

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm


With the rise of lesbian TikTok and the vast number of lesbian meme accounts on Instagram, these digital spaces appear to have provided a safe space for queer women to express their identities. Lesbians have seldom had the platform to tell their own story in their own words - what impact does this have on lesbian visibility and positive representation of lesbian lives? Has social media succeeded where more traditional platforms have failed?


Joanna Lamb (she/her) is a lesbian writer, coach and community activist who has managed events and projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the UK, across Europe, Russia and the former Soviet states. Joanna is Director and Co-Founder of EnQueer.


She is passionate about queer representation in literature and film, and in particular, the importance of nuanced and authentic storytelling about and by queer women. Joanna has written for a variety of queer publications and is currently writing her first novel. She moved from London to Sydney twelve years ago and currently lives in a tiny house next to the forest with her miniature dachshund, Sushi.

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Rebecca Jessen (she/her) is the award-winning author of Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020) and Gap (UQP, 2014). Her writing has been publishing nationally and internationally. Her debut poetry collection Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She is a PhD candidate at QUT, studying the intersection of contemporary Australian poetry and the expression of lesbian identity on digital media.

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Laura McPhee-Browne (she/her) is a bisexual writer, social worker and counsellor living in Melbourne, on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her debut novel, CHERRY BEACH, was published by Text Publishing in 2020, and her second novel, LITTLE PLUM, is forthcoming with Text Publishing in February 2023. Her short fiction and creative non-fiction has been published widely in Australia. She is currently working on her third book, BLUE, a novella about bisexuality and infidelity.

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Rima Martens (she/her) is a queer Australian-Māori woman, currently living on beautiful sovereign Awabakal land. Rima is proud to dedicate her life to living in alignment with the earth, which is reflected in both her poetry and her legal career. In 2021 she completed a mentorship under Brook Emery, through the Australian Association of Authors, to produce a full length manuscript of poetry. Her writing has been published by LOR Journal, The Quarry, Running Dog and in the digital collection ‘E/merge’ of the Emerging Writers Festival. 

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Sophia Davidson Gluyas (she/her) is a writer, director, producer and recreational scholar. Sophia’s theatrical work includes: Haunted (Hoey) [for Surry Hills Festival 2015 and 2016]; Sillage, [for Surry Hills Festival 2016 and Sydney Fringe Festival 2019]. The Bed Party, [The Old 505 Theatre; 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras]. Keeping Time, [read as part of KXT’s Storyteller’s Festival, 2019]. In 2020, Sophia developed Tell Me Something as part of Merrigong Theatre Company’s Playwrights’ Program and was awarded a Northern Beaches Council Creative Community Support Grant to present a staged reading of this work at Council’s creative space, Avalon Annexe, in February, 2021. The Bed Party was selected as part of the official program of the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference [Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2022|.

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