When:Tuesday 19 November, 6-8pm
Cost:Free, bookings essential.
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 poetry performance by local poet Sandra Renew and a special appearance of Marie Antoinette.
Graham Willett is a historian and has been researching, publishing and celebrating Australia’s very queer history since 1979. He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of the Australian lesbian and gay movement (2000) and a forthcoming history of queer Canberra, ACTing Out. Over the years he has been active in leftwing and trade union work. His gay activism includes in the collective which published Gay Community News, in ACTUP, in Queer Nation, and in a number of exhibitions which have celebrated Melbourne’s and Victoria’s queer history and the Serving in Silence project which collected life histories of LGBT service personal in Australia since 1945. He is a committee member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
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.
Sashaying across stages all over Canberra, Aphrodykie’s trashy sparkle will leave you feeling empowered, emancipated, insane, wicked, naked, confused and a little bit woo, this is a goblin not to be missed.
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.