In an event pitched by poet and novelist Eileen Myles as a discussion of “the most dumb, predictable and offensive ways I've been invited to write for journals in order to attract publicity to my work”, the influential writer of some 20 books delivers an electrifying lecture about writing, gender and expectation. “Are men asked to write about sex?” Eileen inquires. “I think the woman is asked to write about sex because they think it will entertain men.” This promises to be a Festival event like no other.

Eileen Myles (International)

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Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), Cool for You and the iconic Chelsea Girls. In 1992, Myles ran a write-in campaign for President of the United States. They have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Andy Warhol/Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Shelley Prize from the PSA and four Lambda Book Awards. In 2016, Myles received the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They live in Marfa, Texas and New York.

Jadey O’Regan (Australian)

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Jadey O’Regan loves the Beach Boys so much, she wrote her PhD on them. A music fanatic, she’s an accomplished artist, writing and performing her own awkward pop songs, as well as working as a session musician on many records. She helps to run the contemporary music major at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, teaching music history, analysis, songwriting, recording and performance. Her research interests span many parts of popular music studies, including musicology, record production and pop music analysis.