Sex & gender
The Show of the Year 2018: Laura Jean McKay
Each year – for our Show of the Year – we bring together a range of writers, performers, artists and comedians to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was. And 2018 was no exception.
Speaking for the month of June, writer Laura Jean McKay remembers Eurydice Dixon and Qi Yu: 'These tragic events start it all…
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Take It From Me: Queer Edition
Take it From Me is back. You know the drill – we take your anonymous romantic questions in advance. Then, at the Wheeler Centre on Friday 16 November, our panel of unqualified strangers puzzle over your problem before a live audience, and dish out some ill-informed and context-free advice.
This time, our panellists specialise in queer romantic conundrums. Hear outpourings, lustful brags, head scratchers and everything in between, with guest advisors Amy Middleton, Gregory Phillips and Dion Kagan.
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Beyond Marriage Equality
Exactly one year on from the announcement of Australia’s marriage equality post survey result, we take stock of the state and legal status of LGBTIQ+ people across Australia.
The marriage equality vote brought a lot of romance and rejoicing – as well as a surprising number of heterosexual politicians lining up to claim credit – but the campaign period came…
Going Postal: Reflections on the Marriage Equality Vote
‘We’re about to be given a number,’ Quinn Eades wrote, on the eve of the result for the marriage equality postal survey. ‘A number that will sew itself into our skins. A number that will not let us go.’
On the anniversary of that historic announcement, we brought together a stellar line-up of LGBTQ+ talent to share writing inspired and…
Anne Summers: Her Story
Anne Summers is a person of phenomenal energy and copious talent. She's an editor, a publisher, a writer, an activist and, for many, the godmother of Australian feminism.
She's also a memoirist. Summers’s ninth book, Unfettered and Alive, chronicles the fierce debates ignited by her first: the groundbreaking, bestselling Damned Whores and God's Police. It details, too, her progress…
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Stories from Home: Layla and Majnun: A Persian Love Story
Serpil Senelmis, Aida Huseynova and Shokoofeh Azar
An ancient, epic tale of star-crossed lovers, Layla and Majnun is more than 1000 years old. The story is revived at this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival, in a magnificent dance production choreographed by Mark Morris.
As a complement to these performances, the Wheeler Centre hosted a conversation about the significance of the Layla and Majnun legend, in the past and today, and on the nature of Persian storytelling traditions more broadly.
Hear from musicologist Aida Huseynova, an expert in the music and culture of Azerbaijan, who consulted on the Layla and Majnun production; and from Shokoofeh Azar, acclaimed author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, who drew on Persian legends when writing her Stella Prize-shortlisted novel.
With host Serpil Senelmis, the pair discuss deep, burning love in Persian storytelling, the traditions of mugham music, and the role of adaptation and interpretation in keeping traditional stories alive.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival.
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Thursday Choice Cuts
“Australians have a unique capacity to celebrate failure,” writes crime novelist Angela Savage in a piece on travelling, writing, Australia and the grandeur of failure published today on her blog. “I stumbled across a wonderful example of this during a recent visit to Red Cliffs in Victoria’s Mallee region. Red Cliffs’ main tourist attraction is Big Lizzie, the largest tractor ever built in Australia…
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