Visiting the barber shop is a rite of passage for young men, but these often hyper-masculine spaces are not known for being inclusive or welcoming to queer people. As a child, when George Haddad’s (Losing Face) mother dropped him off at the barber’s he would sit mute until the haircut was finished and she picked him up, but when taken to her hairdresser’s salon he felt comfortable, serene and inspired. George reflects on the ‘boys’ club’ of barber shops and the issues this creates for young queer people by revisiting some of the great and terrible haircuts he’s had over the years.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

George Haddad (Australian)

George Haddad

George Haddad is a writer and artist practicing on Gadigal land. His work explores identity and the limitations of language. In 2016 he won the Viva la Novella prize for Populate and Perish and in 2018 he won the Neilma Sidney prize for his short story Kátharsis. George is a doctoral candidate and sessional tutor at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. His new novel Losing Face is published in May.