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Emerging Writers’ Festival: Sam George-Allen on Literary Sexting: Scum Mag & Online Sex Writing


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Today’s young writers may be the first generation whose sex education has been largely informed by online pornography. While much has been written about how this increased exposure to pornography might affect how they think about and engage in sex, the consequences for the new wave of emerging literature have yet to be explored.

How do you write about sex in an already sexualised world? Sam George-Allen is a Brisbane writer, musician and co-founding editor of online literary journal Scum. In this lunchtime rant, she analyses the literary merit of the sext, the performative nature of sex online and erotic fan fiction.


We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

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Sam George-Allen

Sam George-Allen is a writer and musician based in Tasmania. Her work has been published in the Lifted Brow, LitHub, Scum, Kill Your Darlings, Stilts, Overland and the Suburban Review, among others. She has been shortlisted for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young... Read more


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