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OutStanding Short Story Competition surprise endings

Entries are now open for the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2022 with the theme Surprise Ending. NSW MP Alex Greenwich launched the competition earlier this week as part of the Sydney Pride Festival. Run by and for Australia’s LGBTQIA+ community, entries for the Outstanding Short Story Competition close on September 1, 2022. The competition invites …

Ten Steps To Nanette

Michael James says of Ten Steps To Nanette, that Hannah Gadsby’s stories resonate as well on the page as live on stage. It seems only a few short years ago that Hannah Gadsby was just another Australian comedian making the rounds. Whilst the comedian was well enough known and many Australians enjoyed her quirky and …

passionate friends sylvia martin miles franklin mary fullerton

Passionate Friends: the friendship between Miles Franklin, fellow writer Mary Fullerton and Mary’s life-long companion Mabel Singleton. Nearly 70 years after her death, her classic novel My Brilliant Career and the annual Miles Franklin Award ensure the literary legacy of Miles Franklin lives on. However, her friend Mary Fullerton, although widely published during her life, …

The Trauma Cleaner Sarah Krasnostein Sandra Pankhurst

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein presents as anything but a queer story. At a glance, the life of Sandra Pankhurst offers fascinating insight into some of the most damaged and also, vulnerable in our society through a unique and intriguing lens. Sandra works cleaning, fixing, repairing and salvaging — a trauma cleaner. Jobs range …

Red, White & Royal Blue Casey Mcquiston

The search for Prince Charming always seemed like a thing of fairy tales for Alex Claremont-Diaz. But then again, Alex lives in a world far removed from reality in Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Walking the walls of the white house, Alex is the son of America’s first female president. Alex is …

Queer Books Authors for Christmas Reading

Christmas is a great time for celebrating but some of the best use of holiday time is reading, with some great queer books.  So as the year draws to a close we’ve picked some of our top queer books for you to round out 2021.  Take a look at our selections for you or your …

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, …

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