Canadian writer, musician and storyteller Ivan Coyote tackles issues of diversity in art, and expectations that are placed on artists. Ivan is interested in ‘the phenomenon that authors who are not straight white men are often expected to talk about nothing other than how we are not straight white men’. Ivan’s work often grapples with the complex and personal issues of gender identity, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney, and the University of Sydney.

Ivan Coyote (International)

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Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia.

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s eleventh book is Tomboy Survival Guide and recently was awarded a Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association, and was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Peter Marks (Australian)

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Peter Marks is Professor of English Literature and Chair of the Department of English Literature at the University of Sydney. He is the author of British Filmmakers: Terry Gilliam, George Orwell: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, and Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. He has just completed British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings, which will be published later this year.