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Sex in Words

When

Fifty Shades of Grey not only sat erotica on everyone’s laps, but also opened the floodgates for purveyors of literary lewdness everywhere. The proliferation of erotic fiction has yet to reach its peak, with thousands of online communities trading in every kind of sexual fantasy conceivable to man, woman and dinosaur alike.

To what extent has the normalisation of erotica given sexual fantasies free reign on the Internet, and in some cases on the page? Are we finally accustomed to reading a form of writing that has existed since the first printing presses?

Join the reigning queen of erotic fiction Krissy Kneen, Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and prolific blogger at The Ecstasy Files, with John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker – author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy) and host Kate Holden to discuss erotica, alternative sexualities and how to live your sexual fantasies through the art of fiction.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

It’s time to reveal what really goes on under and between the covers, as the Wheeler Centre embarks on a week of frank literary bedroom chat, with the focus firmly on female sexuality. Brace yourselves for a series of sweet nothings whispered in your ear as we delve into a cornucopia of pleasures sure to satisfy even the most ardent book lover.


A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet the guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices.

Featuring

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including An Uncertain Grace, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. She has written and directed broadcast television documentaries and is the current Copyright Agency Ltd Non-fiction Fellow. The Three Burials of L... Read more

John Purcell

John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest sell... Read more

Kate Belle

Kate Belle is an author of challenging love stories. The Yearning and Being Jade (Simon & Schuster) received rave reviews. Her short story, ‘Cool Change’, won the 2011 Southern Cross Literary Award and the script by the same name received a highly commended in the... Read more

Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of the memoirs In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian nights and days. She wrote a long-running column for the Age and has published features, reviews, essays and short stories in all the major Australian journals and newspapers.    Kate is a frequent contributor ... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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