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Founder & Director

Joanna (she/her) is a senior project manager, 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.


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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Creative Director

Ali (he/him) is a stakeholder manager, communications specialist and writer who has over 10 years of experience in managing events and programs ranging from seminars, expos, and trade missions. 

Originally from Pakistan, Ali is an energetic queer person of colour who is dedicated to showcasing the diverse and sometimes underrepresented groups of the rainbow. Literature and art have been dear companions of his throughout his life. When Ali is not doing his very serious day job, you’d find him working feverishly on EnQueer, writing about men’s fashion, at the pub or cooking a mean curry.



Festival Director

Josephine (she/her) is a master organiser and all-rounder. She has completed her Bachelor in Arts/Media, where she wrote for student publications and aspires to put her own story into words one day.

Josephine is bisexual, exploring the world’s obsession with binaries and how she fits into that world. She strives to be bolder in her identity every day and is constantly seeking out new things to learn and appreciate within the queer community. She believes that there is immense power in reclaiming the word “queer” and is thrilled to be able to create a safe space for queer people to explore all the brilliant and unique ways the community exists and thrives.