Middlesex: Queer Week
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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.
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.
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.
Danger Music, Eddie's second book, was published in September 2017. He is currently writing a children's book which will be published in 2018. Cadence: Travels with Music, published in 2014, was his first book.
Eddie Ayres learnt the viola as a child in England, studying in Berlin and London before playing the viola for eight years with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. As Emma Ayres, she moved from Hong Kong to Australia to present a long-running and extremely popular radio program on ABC Classic FM, while teaching music privately and professionally.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and artist working across a range of disciplines including writing, performance, video and installation.
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.