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Exploring the ethics of selling trauma in a capitalist literary world

Sunday 19 February 2023 

Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Queer is Not for Sale will look into the dilemma many queer writers face in deciding how much of themselves, and in particular their trauma or distress, they are willing to reveal. It will focus on works that are ‘authentic’ and ‘vulnerable’ in their excavation of the self, and will explore the tension between authenticity and capitalism and the complex relationship between writers and publishers on the commodification of self.

Featuring Kaya Wilson, Gloria Demillo, Holden Sheppard, Jason Om & Anthony Venn-Brown OAM


The nihilistic sensibilities of Gen Z on queer young adult writing

Sunday 19 February 2023

Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


<skull emoji> will be humorous and insightful dialogue into the dichotomous psyche of the queer Gen Z. The session will be a unique opportunity to hear from young adult queer writers about how their lived experiences, hopes and anxieties of an increasingly online and uncertain future, shape their sensibilities and their work. It will also look at how they find authenticity in the mundane and grapple with catastrophe by turning to fantasy and the absurd.

Featuring Michael Sun, Imbi, Gary Lonesborough, Laneikka Denne & Adrian Mouhajer


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We work and aim to hold the festival on the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora nation and wish to respect their culture, tradition and elders past, present and emerging.

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