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Archer Launch Edition


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Our much-loved sex and relationships advice series, Take It from Me, is back – and badder than ever, gleefully tossing up handfuls of laughter, love and stardust. Join us to celebrate queerness and launch the new edition of Archer magazine: the Friendship Issue.

With an address from Archer Magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Watson, performance and reading from the new issue by contributor Mama Alto, and – of course – a panel of hilarious non-experts to give you advice you will love, but almost definitely shouldn’t follow. Hosted by the dashing Jess McGuire, there’ll be a stellar lineup of queer agony aunts including Kira Puru, Vanessa Muradian and Alistair Baldwin.

Got a knotted romantic entanglement? A tricky friendzone dilemma? A hopeless crush? Anonymously submit your hot messes and love quandaries before the event through our online form.

Then roll up to the Malthouse Outdoor stage in April and prepare to have all your troubles melt away*. Our 100% unqualified panel will puzzle over your problem before a live audience, then serve up terrible and totally context-free advice. Just the way you like it.

So, get loved up, and get over here.

 * Troubles may not be so melty

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with Midsumma Festival and Archer


Vanessa Muradian

Vanessa Muradian is a sexologist, yoga teacher and the founder of the sex and wellness platform Mia Muse. Vanessa has been working predominantly with women, non-binary and GNC folk over the past 12 years. Vanessa works with individuals to cultivate healthier relationships with themselves and their p... Read more

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC’s The Weekly, Get Krack!n, Hard Quiz & At Home Alone Together. Published works include pieces for un. Magazine, Archer, Metro and Black Inc.’s Growing Up Disabled In Australia anth... Read more

Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson is Archer Magazine‘s editor-in-chief. Lucy also works in health promotion for LGBTQ people, and recently finished a PhD about celebrities.

Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. In addition to her excellence as a performing artist, she is a writer of in... Read more

Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster based in central west NSW, and hosts breakfast radio each weekday morning on on ABC Western Plains. She previously appeared regularly as a reviewer and cultural commentator on Double J and ABC Local Radio stations across the country, and for many years she wa... Read more

Kira Puru

Kira Puru is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician, based in Melbourne, Australia. Known for her dynamic live performances and genre-defying writing style, she is widely respected as one of Australia’s biggest voices. Kira quickly gathered a cult following with the hypnotic single Tension which... Read more


Malthouse Outdoor Stage

113 Sturt Street Southbank Victoria 3006

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