How is queer representation in literature changing? In today’s social and political climate, how do writers construct and define queer characters, knowing there are real-world ramifications? Do they consider economics, race, class, geography or history? Are we seeing the erosion of queer, as queer characters begin to inhabit more mainstream texts? Benjamin Law hosts a conversation with prominent writers Ivan Coyote (Tomboy Survival Guide), C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince trilogy) and Peter Polites (Down the Hume).

Supported by Macquarie University.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. Peter writes and performs pieces all over Australia, and also writes performance texts for Urban Theatre Projects. His first novel Down the Hume was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. His second novel, The Pillars, is a dark satire of gay and ethnic aspirations.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is also an award-winning TV series for SBS which Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons. His debut stageplay Torch the Place premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company earlier this year.