Kindred – Queer Life, Community and all the Feels

Sunday 29 March, 3.30-5pm, Geelong Library

FWF is delighted to bring together contributors from the anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, for a discussion of what it means to be queer in Australia.

Kindred peels back the labels we all wear to find the people, stories and beating hearts underneath. It’s a book for everyone.’ – Lili Wilkinson

What does it mean to be human? Is sexuality and identity political? And what does community look like? Among all the feels, Kindred shows us how belonging and identity is shaped by the people we love and the society we live in. For teen readers and lovers of YA, this is your chance to hear from the LGBTI+ community on queer representation in Australia.

Travel support courtesy Australia Council for the Arts, via Kindred editor, Michael Earp.

About the speakers

Alison Evans is the award-winning author of the queer young adult books Ida, Highway Bodies and most recently Euphoria Kids. They are the co-editor of the zine Concrete Queers and are a contributor to Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based on Wurundjeri Land/Melbourne.

Erin Gough has published short stories in a variety of journals and anthologies. Her debut novel, The Flywheel, won the Ampersand Prize. Her latest novel, Amelia Westlake, won the Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Peoples’ Literature at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Awards. Travel support courtesy Australia Council for the Arts.

Marlee Jane Ward is a Melbourne writer and podcaster. Her short stories are published at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, Aurealis, and more. Her debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella 3 and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. Her non-fiction can be found at Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Writers Bloc, Going Down Swinging and more.

Nevo Zisin is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, performer, activist and public speaker. With a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, culture and sexuality, they run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor to Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories. They are also a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans and gender diverse show on a main stage.

Nevo Zisin headshot: Proud Minority

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