Big Gay Week
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When Alan Hollinghurst won the 2005 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty, the mainstream press celebrated it as the first time a gay novel had taken home the award.
But what makes a piece of writing gay? The author? The subject matter? The characters? Is Queer literature alive and well in Australia and what value is there in identifying it as such?
We ask some of Australia’s finest gay and lesbian writers if they are Gay and Lesbian Writers. How central is sexuality to their work?
William Yang is a writer and visual artist.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and artist working across a range of disciplines including writing, performance, video and installation.
Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and the author of four books, including the acclaimed Melbourne.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, and has been translated into French and adapted into an AACTA-nominated SBS TV series.
He's the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014), with his sister Michelle, and Law School, with his mother Jenny Phang. He also wrote the September 2017 Quarterly Essay, 'Moral Panic 101'. He is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, Frankie and the Monthly.
At the Wheeler Centre we like to combine the celebratory with the cerebral. Between Midsumma and Mardi Gras, join us for the politics and the writing, the romance and the taboos, the agonies and the ecstasies of being queer.