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Queer Writing Unconference


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The Queer Writing Unconference is co-presented by Archer Magazine and the Emerging Writers’ Festival. In three separate sessions, they’ll explore the past, present and future of queer writing and representation. How does Australia censor writing about diverse sexuality and gender? Are we seeing more queer characters in our literature and media? And how do we push queer writing into the mainstream?

Speakers include Hares & Hyenas’ Crusader Hillis, Amy Middleton of Archer and disability activist Jax-Jacki Brown.

Presented in association with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Archer Magazine.


Dion Kagan

Dion Kagan is a writer, editor and researcher. His writing has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, LitHub, Metro, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, The Conversation, Archer and more. He is a regular columnist for The Lifted Brow and a co-host on fortnightly culture podca... Read more

Juliana Qian

Lia Incognita is a Shanghai-born cultural commentator living in Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri country. Her work has been published in Peril, Overland and Mascara. As one third of the Ladies of Colour Agency, Lia has been lambasted on Today Tonight and thrown her hair across the Famous Spiegeltent, and ... Read more

Tim Christodoulou

Tim Christodoulou is a 19-year-old Melbourne-based LGBT activist and the partnerships manager of Minus18, Australia’s national organisation for LGBT youth. Supporting over 100,000 young people each year through youth-led initiatives, events and online networking, Minus18 advocates for an Australia... Read more

Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist and queer theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and Rallying. Eades is ... Read more

Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Brown (they/them) is an esteemed disability and LGBTQIA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Their tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Jax utilises their experience as a queer, trans... Read more

Amy Middleton

Amy Middleton is a Melbourne-based journalist and writer, who founded Archer Magazine, Australia’s first journal of sexual diversity, in 2013.  Archer is published twice-yearly by Amy and a small team, and its readership is growing at breakneck speed. Amy has written and edited for some of Austr... Read more

Crusader Hillis

Crusader Hillis is a writer, editor, curator and producer. He co-founded (with Rowland Thomson) the queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas in 1991. In its 23-year history, Hares & Hyenas has presented over 700 literary and performance events, both here and interstate. Since becoming a licensed perfor... Read more


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