Vulnerable and fierce, heartbreaking and hilarious, Queerstories invites five LGBTQI+ writers to share a little piece of themselves; the tale they want to tell but are never asked to. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Hannah Kent (Devotion), Jazz Money (how to make a basket), Fiona Murphy (The Shape of Sound), SJ Norman (Permafrost) and Jioji Ravulo, Queerstories celebrates the culture and creativity of the queer community, one true story at a time.
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Jazz Money (Australian)
Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist currently based on Gadigal land. Her practice is centred around the written word while producing works that encompass installation, digital, film and print. Jazz's writing has been widely performed and published nationally and internationally. Her David Unaipon Award-winning debut collection how to make a basket was published in 2021.
Fiona Murphy (Australian)
Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf writer based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Age, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among many other publications. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, was released in March 2021. It explores secrets, Deaf identity and sign language.
SJ Norman (Australian)
SJ Norman is an artist, writer and curator. Their work has been commissioned by the likes of Performance Space New York and the National Gallery of Australia. They are the recipient of numerous awards for contemporary art and their writing has won or placed in several prizes, including the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. They co-curate Knowledge of Wounds, a global gathering of queer First Nations artists with Joseph M Pierce. Permafrost is their first book.
Hannah Kent (Australian)
Hannah Kent's debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into over 30 languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award. It is currently being adapted for film by Sony TriStar. The Good People, Hannah's second novel, was translated into 10 languages and is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions. Hannah's third novel, Devotion, was published in 2021.
Jioji Ravulo (Australian)
Jioji Ravulo is the Professor and Chair of Social Work and Policy Studies in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His research and areas of interest include mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs, youth development, marginality and decoloniality. Nuanced with a genuine commitment to the dynamic inclusion of cultural diversity and its differences, Jioji is keen to create collaborative spaces for students, community groups and industry partners.
Maeve Marsden (Australian)
Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker. She was a 2020 Phillip Parsons fellow at Belvoir Theatre, and has written, directed 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.