Join Maeve Marsden for a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of Queerstories. Fast becoming a national institution, Queerstories was born from a desire to hear the stories LGBTQI+ people want to tell: tales of lives well lived, battles fought, pride, prejudice, love, humour and everything in-between. There’s more to being queer than coming out. Featuring guests Alistair Baldwin, Krissy Kneen, Rebecca Starford, Alison Whittaker and Kaya Wilson.
Alistair Baldwin (Australian)
Alistair Baldwin is a writer, comedian, thought leader and sometimes blonde based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for The Weekly, Hard Quiz, Get Krack!n and At Home Alone Together. He is a member of experimental comedy duo Nemeses with Vidya Rajan. The pair created a livestream sitcom for the Wheeler Centre and hosted Melbourne Fringe’s Program Launch. He has been published in Metro, Archer, un. Magazine, The Guardian and ACMI Ideas – and is a contributor to Growing Up Disabled In Australia.
Rebecca Starford (Australian)
Rebecca Starford is the author Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School and novel The Imitator. She is the Co-founder and Publishing Director of Kill Your Darlings magazine. She is a former editor at Text Publishing and Affirm Press. Bad Behaviour is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures for adaptation into a TV series. Rebecca recently completed a PhD at the University of Queensland, where she has taught creative writing.
Oliver Reeson (Australian)
Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. Their work has appeared in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Autostraddle, Literary Hub, and The Saturday Paper and in 2019 their essay ‘Body Language’ about Kylie Minogue and death was the runner-up in The Lifted Brow’s Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. In 2018 they co-created and wrote the SBS web series Homecoming Queens about youth and illness. They are currently one of the recipients of the Next Chapter Fellowship.
Krissy Kneen (Australian)
Krissy Kneen is the author of the bestselling memoir Affection; the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine; and the Thomas Shapcott Award–winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. Her novel An Uncertain Grace was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Norma K Hemming Award and the Aurealis awards, while Wintering was longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award and shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the QLA for Fiction and A Work of State Significance. She is currently developing two TV series with TAN and a feature film with Like a Photon. Krissy has previously written and directed broadcast television documentaries with SBS and ABC TV. She is the current Copyright Agency Ltd Non-Fiction Fellow.
Kaya Wilson (Australian)
Kaya Wilson is a writer and tsunami scientist based in Canberra. His non-fiction writing blends essay and memoir to explore universal themes of identity, gender and origin. His work has been published widely, including by Pan Macmillan, Brow Books, The Guardian and Overland. In 2019, Kaya was the recipient of the Writing NSW Varuna Fellowship where he completed his first book As Beautiful as Any Other: A memoir of my body, published by Pan Macmillan.
Alison Whittaker (Australian)
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017–18, Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her most recent book, Fire Front, is an anthology of, and about, First Nations published poetry.
Maeve Marsden (Australian)
Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker. She was a 2020 Phillip Parsons fellow at Belvoir Theatre, and has written and performed in a number of critically acclaimed theatre productions, touring Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Maeve curates national storytelling project Queerstories, and her writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee and Archer Magazine, among others.