UNSWriting presents: Cosmopolitan Queer

When:29 Mar 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Poet Alison Whittaker and novelist Anna Westbrook in conversation with Peter Polites
Cosmopolitan Queer

Presented by UNSWriting

This is a free event, reserve your seat below.

This evening features two young emerging queer writers with stunning debut books, Anna Westbrook and her dark crime novel Dark Fires Shall Burn (2016) and Alison Whittaker with a edgy book of poetry, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2016). These two writers explore queer sensibilities ranging from the underworld of Newtown in the 1940s to the gritty aesthetics of queer and trans indigeneity on the fringes of northern NSW. The host for the evening is blogger and novelist Peter Polites.

Anna Westbrook is a Sydney-based writer and critic. She holds a PhD in creative writing and lectures at New York University Sydney. She was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award at the age of twenty-one, and has also been a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors mentorship (where she worked with Fiona McGregor, author of Indelible Ink) and an Australian Poetry Poet in Residence award. Her work appears in publications in Australia, the United States, and France. Dark Fires Shall Burn is her first novel.

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and essayist from the NSW floodplain fringe. Alison’s writing links the visceral with the political, drawing from her scholarship and work in cultural studies and Aboriginal women’s law and policy. She has words in Meanjin, Colouring the Rainbow, Archer, Tincture and the UTS anthology Seeds and Skeletons. Her debut verse novella, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, winner of the State Library of Queensland’s 2015 black&write! Fellowship, was released by Magabala Books in March 2016.

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. As part of the SWEATSHOP writers collective, Peter has written and performed pieces all over Australia. Alongside SMH Best Young Novelists Luke Carman and Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Polites wrote and performed THREE JERKS - a spoken word piece about the Cronulla riots - to sellout crowds in Sydney and Melbourne. He has recently been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in Western Sydney for Sydney Festival, to be performed in 2017. Down The Hume is his first novel.



UNSW Bookshop

Alison Whitaker and Anna Westbrook's books will be available at 10% off the RRP courtesy of the UNSW Bookshop on the night.

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Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

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There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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