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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/they) 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.

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Festival Associate

Lauren (she/her) has over a decade of experience working in international and domestic settings across the creative arts and social impact sectors. She is committed to supporting organisations to generate evidence to improve social programs, particularly around advancing gender equality.

Currently working in the world of technical writing, Lauren has a great appreciation for creative writing and is an eager consumer of good stories. Lauren understands the power of representation in art and is delighted to be creating space for queer folk to be showcased through EnQueer.



Communications & Marketing Assistant

Julie (she/her) is a writer, reader and a dreamer. She is in her penultimate year of a Media and Communications and Cultural Studies degree where she has edited and illustrated for a student publication.

Julie is excited about highlighting and celebrating queer lifeworlds, in all the diverse, specific and evolving ways queer people make their lives. In her creative practice, she is inspired by radical and quiet feelings. After a brief and ongoing sojourn on the road of tertiary education, Julie hopes to continue working towards collective sustaining worlds in the publishing, communications or policy space.



Media & Communications Assistant

Lucy (she/her) is a copywriter, (regular) writer, and content creator with a passion for both title case and queer spaces. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts / Advanced Studies in Media and Communications and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. She has also written for a variety of student publications, including PULP and 1978, and brings her experience in marketing and communications to the EnQueer team.

Having spent her entire life within the queer community, Lucy wholeheartedly believes in the power of positive LGBT representation in media. When not writing copy, you can find Lucy indulging in a podcast or sharing her passion for soy milk with a reluctant friend.

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