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honeybee craig silvey

Michael James says Honeybee by Craig Silvey will stay with you long after you turn the final page. Fourteen-year-old Sam stands on a bridge. It’s late at night. Sam is lost in their own pain, struggling to reconcile the family that can’t understand them. Lost, not knowing their place in the world. Equally clouded in …

Xuân Diệu king of love poetry

On December 18, 1985, the Vietnamese poet Xuân Diệu died of a heart attack. He is celebrated still in his homeland as the King of Love Poetry. As a young man in French-ruled Indochina, Xuân Diệu wrote mainly love poems. However, in 1944, he joined Ho Chi Minh’s anti-colonial resistance, and the focus of his …

Radclyffe Hall the well of loneliness

On December 15, 1928, The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall hit US bookstores. American newspapers didn’t quite know what to make of the lesbian novel, then banned in England, or of its monocled author. The Morning Post lauded the writer as one of England’s foremost literary women while finding her appearance rather startling. “Miss …

anne rice december 14 vampire chronicles

On December 14 1998, Anne Rice woke up with a headache and then lost consciousness. The author of the Vampire Chronicles series almost died. Diagnosed with diabetes, she recovered. Anne Rice later told ABC News (America) that in the lead up to her illness she lost weight and focus. “I was sitting at the computer, …

All About Yves Michael James QNews yves rees

All About Yves is a trans story. The book by award-winning writer and historian Dr Yves Rees will capture your heart and mind. This tale of self-identity and discovery is a captivating read about one person’s trans experience. At age 30 Yves began to understand they were trans. Realisation dawned while holidaying across the world with …

Henry Hamlets Heart Rhiannon Wilde QNews

There’s an evolving landscape for queer literature written for our youth that is becoming more and more the mainstream, for all the right reasons. Rhiannon Wilde’s Henry Hamlet’s Heart is endearing, adorable, and relatable. Books about the queer experience for young people certainly are not new. However, the way in which those stories are being …

nothing but my body tilly lawless

Nothing But My Body by Tilly Lawless, the debut novel of a queer sex worker, is powerful, mesmerising and unforgettable. The “taboo” world of sex workers has often been the source of entertainment and intrigue for many over the years. Who can forget Pretty Woman? The more recent 2017 hit Secret Diary of a Call …

It's been a pleasure noni blake Claire Christian

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian tells a story you’ll wish would never end. Noni Blake’s life is spectacularly ordinary. Since the end of her decade long relationship with now ex-girlfriend Joan, eighteen months ago, nothing much is happening for Noni. Life at thirty-six is stagnant, so something needs to change.  Work …

Sandra Pankhurst the trauma cleaner

Sandra Pankhurst, the subject of Sarah Krasnostein’s book The Trauma Cleaner, has died in Melbourne. Aged in her late 60s, Sandra suffered from a pulmonary condition before her death. Sarah Krasnostein’s award-winning biography bought Sandra Pankhurst’s amazing story to the public in 2018. Sandra described herself as a transgender woman “adopted into an abusive family, forced …

invisible boys holden sheppard

Charlie, Hammer & Zeke are the invisible boys. As queer people, we’ve all been invisible boys at one stage in our lives. Hiding who we are for fear of that eventual fallout when we are no longer safe, hidden from society’s judgement. But for these three boys, their invisible lives are made harder by their …

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