Powerful queer events to catch at the Brisbane Writers Festival 2022


Brisbane Writers Festival

The best thing about restrictions easing lately is the events that we can get out to see again, one of the latest to get to is the Brisbane Writers Festival

A celebration of all things literary the festival is a melting pot of ideas with something for everyone.

With so many events to choose from, we’ve picked some of our favourites for you for 2022.

The Brisbane Writers Festival 2022

This year the festival celebrates sixty years as they bring together some of the best voices from across the country and beyond.

The festival is a feast of thoughts and ideas brought together by storytellers of all different mediums.

Arguably some of the best parts of any of these festivals are the panel discussions.

At the 2022 festival, some well-known faces sit down to chat about some thought-provoking and engaging topics that we can’t wait to see.

These are part of a plethora of queer led discussions about timely and important topics facing our communities.

Queering The Narrative

Nevo Zisin is the acclaimed author of their touching autobiography Finding Nevo.

The book follows their journey as they explore their gender, their faith and growing up in a binary world as a young non-binary Jewish person.

On Friday the 6th of May Nevo will lead a panel discussion about introducing queer stories into the mainstream.

Together with authors Peter Sipeli, Jessica Walton, Yves Rees, Nevo will explore the rich diversity of modern queer stories available to our audiences.

The authors will share their insights about what it’s like queering our mainstream narratives and how they developed and shared their stories.

Tickets are available online here.

Show Ponies

If poetry is more your jam then this group is going to knock your socks off.

From across the pond, this troupe is described as “Aotearoa New Zealand’s dopest and most dazzling poets.”

This is not your average poetry reading.

Expect neon, costumes, some sick beats oh and did we mention backup dancers? That’s right.

Be prepared to be left equal parts bewildered and energised after this exciting night out.

Show Ponies takes place on May 3rd – 6th, tickets are online here.

Trans Bodies, Trans Lives

Trans Bodies, Trans Lives leads another powerful and important discussion.

Chaired by local award-winning author Rae White this panel explores the importance of trans visibility, especially in storytelling.

Joining Rae are authors Nevo Zisin, Yves Rees, Essa May Ranapiri.

Together this panel will explore the history of trans narratives, including the erasure of these stories in mainstream storytelling.

Through their own unique lived experiences these storytellers will share the unique diversity of trans lives in this 60-minute panel.

Trans Bodies, Trans Lives will take place on the 4th of May, tickets are available here.

New Australian Masculinity

What does it take to be considered “masculine” in modern Australia?

Why is it even important?

Benjamin Law chairs this provoking discussion about mateship and manhood in modern Australia.

Authors Lech Blaine, Nevo Zisin and Omar Sakr provide a set of unique perspectives as they explore and explode preconceptions about Australian masculinity.

This powerfully important conversation will take place on the 3rd of May, tickets are available here.

But wait, there’s more at The Brisbane Writers Festival!

While these may be our favourite picks for the festival, there’s certainly much more to choose from.

Other notable LGBTQIA+ events include, Literary Death Match with Reuben Kaye, Queer AF in a Climate Crisis, Decolonising Queer and LGBTQIA+ Children’s Books.

All of these events and much more are available on the Brisbane Writers Festival website where you can view the full program and purchase tickets.

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