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Sam Elkin: Detachable Penis


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Lawyer, advocate and Next Chapter recipient Sam Elkin launches his memoir with a night of celebration at The Wheeler Centre.

About the Event

Sam Elkin’s Detachable Penis: A Queer Legal Saga, recounts his bumpy journey from lesbian to transgender lawyer in the aftermath of the 2017 marriage equality postal survey. Set against the backdrop of a growing moral panic about the ‘trans agenda’, Elkin’s debut book is part-love letter and part-cautionary tale. Honest and unflinching, it’s sure to spark many prickly and productive conversations.

Join Elkin as he launches Detachable Penis with host Yves Rees at an intimate and relaxed evening at The Wheeler Centre.


Accessible toilets available

Auslan interpreting available by request

Companion tickets available

Registered Assistance Animals welcome

Wheelchair accessible

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About the Book

Sam Elkin will be signing books after the event.  

The bookseller for this event is Hares and Hyenas.


Sam Elkin

Sam Elkin is a writer, lawyer and radio maker. Born in England and raised on unceded Noongar land, Sam currently lives on unceded Wurundjeri land near the Maribyrnong river. He is a co-host of 3RRR radio show Queer View Mirror and the ABC History Listen’s Crossing Time: A History of Transgend... Read more

Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is a writer, historian and podcaster based in Naarm/Melbourne, on unceded Wurundjeri land. Rees is a Senior Lecturer in History at La Trobe University, the co-host of Archive Fever history podcast, and author of the memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition (Allen &... Read more


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