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reading tracks margaret james

The Reading Tracks series by author Margaret James includes fifteen books suitable for Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers. Margaret wanted to provide literacy support for Indigenous children that was culturally relevant to them. She also aimed to teach non-Indigenous children about the cultures and food gathering practices of Australian First Peoples, such as tracking and hunting …

book covers gender outlaw speak now sister outsider

As queer people, we have had a difficult history. While currently we may live in a more progressive time, in the past the LGBTIQ community has faced many challenges. From the Stonewall Riots, to the rise of marriage equality our history is rich and emotional. Below is a list of LGBTIQ books which represent out …

jac tomlins novel the curse of grandma maple rainbow families

Australian author Jac Tomlins has launched a new children’s novel that she believes is one of the very first to feature a rainbow family. The author and mum of three launched the book, The Curse of Grandma Maple, this week for kids in the upper primary age range. “[The novel] is not a story about …

Queer Objects

Queer Objects landed on my desk this week — a captivating pop-up museum of queer history. “Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects,” writes Otago University Press of this remarkable book of objects edited by Chris Brickell and Judith Collard. Dino Hodge I flick through the book and immediately come across a …

call me by your name oliver and elio sequel andre aciman

Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman has opened up about what he believes is “the end” of Elio and Oliver’s story in his new sequel novel. Aciman’s new novel Find Me, out this month, picks up 10 years after the first and sees Elio dating an older man named Michel. Elio’s father Sami …

sir elton

Sir Elton John says he told Tina Turner to “stick your f***ing song up your arse.” The Sun reports that Elton shares this and other incidents in his autobiography Me due for release this week. According to the report, Tina Turner criticised everything from his hair to the colour of his piano when they planned a …

samuel leighton dore queer masculinity brisbane writers festival

Many men shy away from conversations about toxic masculinity, but Samuel Leighton-Dore is not one of them. The multidisciplinary artist (pictured above) appeared at the Brisbane Writers Festival to discuss his contribution to Benjamin Law’s book Growing Up Queer in Australia. He told the audience of his fascination with masculinity and the expectations placed on …

Brisbane author comedian Thomas Bleach Damaged Goods gay Author coming out

QN Magazine talks to Brisbane author, music reviewer and stand-up comedian, Thomas Bleach about his new work Damaged Goods. This debut book explores the author’s journey through life in an immersive experience that incorporates text, images, music and performance. Thomas pulls together all the strands of his various interests and takes advantage of digital technology …

Passing Glances Ian Byford Cairns

Author Ian Byford reveals the hidden gay history of Cairns in his new book Passing Glances. The book explores the local LGBTIQ community from the city’s establishment in 1876 right up to the present day. “Gays hid from history for fear of draconian laws which threatened 14 years’ jail with hard labour for homosexual acts …

Children's LGBTI-themed fairytale book about a prince falling in love with a young farmhand was released on Valentine's Day after a very successful crowdfunding campaign

A children’s LGBTI themed fairytale book about a prince falling in love with a young farmhand. The books timely release on Valentine’s Day after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The new picture book “Promised Land” is by New Zealanders Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds (pictured, below), who said they started the Kickstarter campaign last year because …

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