When:Tuesday 19 November, 6-8pm
Cost:Free, bookings essential.
This event is presented in partnership with Diversity ACT
A night of discussion and poetry exploring queer history. Join historian Graham Willett, author of Canberra’s LGBTI history Acting Out, in conversation with Nigel Featherstone, author of Bodies of Men, discussing queer history in both fiction and non-fiction. The night will also feature a special poetry performance by local poet Sandra Renew.
Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. His war novel, BODIES OF MEN, was published by Hachette Australia in 2019; it has been described as ‘A thoroughly humanising depiction of Australians during World War II’ (Australian Book Review) and ‘A remarkable story – action at break-neck speed and a bitter-sweet ending’ (Canberra Times). His other works include the story collection JOY (2000), his debut novel REMNANTS (2005), and THE BEACH VOLCANO (2014), which is the third in a series of novellas. He wrote the libretto for THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT, a contemporary song cycle that had its world premiere in 2018. He is the author of almost 50 short stories published in Australian literary journals, and 120 creative non-fiction pieces published in outlets such as Meanjin, 3:AM Magazine, and The Millions. He has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He lives on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.
Sandra Renew’s ongoing project is the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses. Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions including war, language, environment, climate and the planet’s health, translation, border crossings, dissent, gender. Her work is informed by many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.
In November, TAC will celebrate PRIDE in our community with a specially curated series of events, performances, and discussions by LGBTIQ artists to coincide with Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival and Tuggeranong’s community festival SouthFest. From music to comedy, cabaret, literature, poetry, ideas and more, this program will bring together some of the best and brightest LGBTIQ artists in Australia alongside Canberra’s own Queer* stars.
About TuggersPRIDE Talks series
TuggersPRIDE Talks presents a range of literary inspired events including the Queer Asian-Australian Creatives discussion panel on Sunday 3rd November, TinaTALK: In conversation with Nic Holas on Wednesday 13th November and Writing Queer History Literary Lounge with Nigel Featherstone on Tuesday 19th November.