Middlesex: Queer Week

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at The Wheeler Centre

Women on Women

Queer women’s sexuality has been represented in fiction for centuries, from the poetry of Sappho to Gertrude Stein to Sarah Waters. Are there common themes in these representations? Why is it important for readers across the spectrum of sexuality, but especially queer readers, to encounter queer women in fiction? And what are some of the books that have been most important to queer female writers? We’re joined by Fiona McGregor (Indelible Ink), Karina Quinn and Rebecca Jessen.

Hosted by Emma Ayres.



Portrait of Rebecca Jessen

Rebecca Jessen

Rebecca Jessen was born in Orange and grew up in Western Sydney. In 2011 she graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing. In 2012 Rebecca won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award for her short story Gap. In 2013 she won the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author for the novelisation of Gap.

Portrait of Quinn Eades

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 a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University, as well as the founding editor of Australia's only interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below. He is currently working on a collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions.

In 2015 Quinn Eades changed his name and gender. Prior to 2015, he was writing and speaking as Karina Quinn.

Portrait of Ed Ayres

Ed Ayres

Ed Ayres is a writer, music teacher and broadcaster. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing music when he was six years old. He studied music in Manchester, Berlin and London, played professionally in the UK and Hong Kong and moved to Australia in 2003. Ed is the presenter of ABC Classic’s Weekend Breakfast.

Ed has written four books - Cadence, about his journey by bicycle from England to Hong Kong with only a violin for company, Danger Music, describing his year teaching music in Afghanistan, Sonam and the Silence, a children’s book about the importance of music, and his most recent, Whole Notes - Life Lessons in Music. Ed’s books have been shortlisted for several prestigious awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. 

Portrait of Fiona McGregor

Fiona McGregor

Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and artist working across a range of disciplines including writing, performance, video and installation.

Middlesex: Queer Week

We’ve come a long way since the bad old days when any sexuality that wasn’t heterosexual, monogamous and sealed by marriage was kept behind the bedroom door and between the sheets (or up against the wall). In a week of open discussion and joyous celebration, we’re exploring sexuality and identity in all their alternative forms.


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