Literary Lounge: Writing Queer History

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 29 October 2019
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT 2900
19 November 2019, 6pm

A night of discussion and poetry exploring queer history. Join historian Graham Willett, author of Canberra’s LGBTI history Acting Out, in conversation with Nigel Featherstone, author of Bodies of Men, discussing queer history in both fiction and non-fiction. The night will also feature a poetry performance by local poet Sandra Renew and a special appearance of Marie Antoinette. This event is presented in partnership with Diversity ACT

This is a free event but bookings are essential:


Graham Willet is a historian and has been researching, publishing and celebrating Australia’s very queer history since 1979. Photo: Supplied.

Graham Willett is a historian and has been researching, publishing and celebrating Australia’s very queer history since 1979.  He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of the Australian lesbian and gay movement (2000) and a forthcoming history of queer Canberra, ACTing Out. Over the years he has been active in  leftwing and trade union work. His gay activism includes in the collective which published Gay Community News, in ACTUP, in Queer Nation, and in a number of exhibitions which have celebrated Melbourne’s and Victoria’s queer history and the Serving in Silence project which collected life histories of LGBT service personal in Australia since 1945. He is a committee member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.


Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer of novels such as Bodies of Men and The Beach Volcano. Photo: Supplied.

Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. His war novel, BODIES OF MEN, was published by Hachette Australia in 2019; it has been described as ‘A thoroughly humanising depiction of Australians during World War II’ (Australian Book Review) and ‘A remarkable story – action at break-neck speed and a bitter-sweet ending’ (Canberra Times). His other works include the story collection JOY (2000), his debut novel REMNANTS (2005), and THE BEACH VOLCANO (2014), which is the third in a series of novellas. He wrote the libretto for THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT, a contemporary song cycle that had its world premiere in 2018. He is the author of almost 50 short stories published in Australian literary journals, and 120 creative non-fiction pieces published in outlets such as Meanjin, 3:AM Magazine, and The Millions. He has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He lives on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.


Sandra Renew’s poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions such as war, language, and climate. Photo: Supplied.

Sandra Renew’s ongoing project is the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses. Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions including war, language, environment, climate and the planet’s health, translation, border crossings, dissent, gender. Her work is informed by many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.


Feel empowered by Aphrodykie’s talk. Photo: Supplied.

Sashaying across stages all over Canberra, Aphrodykie’s trashy sparkle will leave you feeling empowered, emancipated, insane, wicked, naked, confused and a little bit woo, this is a goblin not to be missed.


What: The third TuggersPRIDE Talks event, Literary Lounge: Writing Queer History with Nigel Featherstone.
When: Tuesday 19 November from 6 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT 2900
Cost: Free
Tickets: Bookings essential. Get your ticket here.

About TuggersPRIDE 

In November, TAC will celebrate PRIDE in our community with a specially curated series of events, performances, and discussions by LGBTIQ artists to coincide with Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival and Tuggeranong’s community festival SouthFest. From music to comedy, cabaret, literature, poetry, ideas and more, this program will bring together some of the best and brightest LGBTIQ artists in Australia alongside Canberra’s own Queer* stars.

About TuggersPRIDE Talks series

TuggersPRIDE Talks presents a range of literary inspired events including the Queer Asian-Australian Creatives discussion panel on Sunday 3rd November, TinaTALKIn conversation with Nic Holas on Wednesday 13th November and Writing Queer History Literary Lounge with Nigel Featherstone on Tuesday 19th November.

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