The Only Gay Book in the Village
What makes a piece of writing gay? The author? The subject matter? The characters? Is Queer literature alive and well in Australia and what value is there in identifying it as such?
In a discussion led by Sophie Cunningham, William Yang, Fiona McGregor and Benjamin Law assess how central sexuality is to their work and the attention that it receives.
William Yang is a writer and visual artist.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and artist working across a range of disciplines including writing, performance, video and installation.
Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and the author of four books, including the acclaimed Melbourne.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, and has been translated into French and adapted into an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series.
He's the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014), with his sister Michelle, and Law School, with his mother Jenny Phang. He also wrote the September 2017 Quarterly Essay, 'Moral Panic 101'. He is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, Frankie and the Monthly.