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Queer Flings


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As we come to the end of Spring Fling, we’re throwing a late-night celebration – or commiseration – of some of our LGBTQIA+ guests’ own flings. Whether fleeting or life-changing, romantic or platonic, creative or communal, these are the people and experiences they have never forgotten and can’t wait to share with you.


A fling can change your life forever. Or it may all be forgotten by the time summer rolls around.

To close Spring Fling, the Wheeler Centre’s short series of big ideas, join us for Queer Fling: an evening of storytelling and performance celebrating – or commiserating – the most indelible flings of some of our favourite LGBTQIA+ guests from Australia and abroad.

Through readings, song, burlesque and comedy, our guests will recall the facts and feelings of their own personal flings, whether it be with a person, a place, a piece of art, or a big idea.

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer, acclaimed singer and director Robyn Archer, burlesque queen Evana de Lune, multidisciplinary artist and Magic Hands founder Luke King, poet Laniyuk, activist and Trans Sisters United founding member Sasja Sÿdek, and writer Ellen van Neerven as they share stories of their unforgettable flings at this late-night extravaganza hosted by writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law. Perhaps you’ll find a fling of your own there too…

Please note Ronnie Scott is no longer appearing at this event.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.



Wheelchair accessible

Accessible toilets available

Auslan Interpreted

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About Spring Fling

Celebrating our return to the stage and the rejuvenation of the arts and culture communities, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of events with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.

Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

Spring Fling 2022


Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer 2013, and named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, she currently performs highly acclaimed recitals of French, German and American so... Read more

Evana De Lune

Introducing the daughter of the moon, Evana De Lune. This Lizard Queen was created for the sheer purpose of your viewing pleasure. Inspiring queer panic across Melbourne and the world is one of Evana’s many pastimes. As a classically trained dancer, her fetishes for the finer things in life thrust... Read more

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow... Read more

Luke King

Luke King is a multidisciplinary artist, video producer and teacher. He has an interest in collaboration, especially with kids, and has performed or co-created works with choreographers, dancers, performers, and other visual artists, in public and private museums and galleries. Luke is a co-founder... Read more


Laniyuk is a Larrakia, Kungarakan, Gurindji and French writer and performer. She has been published nationally and internationally in poetry collections such as Solid Air (2019) and Fire Front (2020), in the 2022 speculative fiction anthologies Unlimited Futures and This All Come Back Now as well as... Read more

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). He’s also an AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter who created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning TV series The Family Law (SBS... Read more

Sasja Sÿdek

Sasja Sÿdek is an indigenous Singaporean – a proud trans womxn of colour. As an activist/advocate for the transgender community, she sends an empowering message to others: “free yourself from the shackles of societal and gender expectations to live life authentically”. Juggling her multiple r... Read more

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Lit... Read more


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