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The Queer is not for Sale | EnQueer x SWP Series

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The Queer is not for Sale | EnQueer x SWP Series

Sun Feb 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Sun Feb 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sun Feb 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

After two highly successful Queer Writers’ Festivals in 2021 and 2022, EnQueer is bringing a two-panel series to Sydney WorldPride, that will showcase and celebrate some of Australia’s leading established and emerging queer writers and thinkers.

The Queer is Not for Sale is an exploration of the ethics of queer memoir in a capitalist literary culture, and focuses the lens on the queer memoir, and the dilemma many queer writers face in deciding how much of themselves, and in particular their trauma or distress, they are willing to reveal.

This is a panel discussion with queer writers of literary memoir and self-exploratory poetry. It will focus on works that are ‘authentic’ and ‘vulnerable’ in their excavation of the self, and will explore the tension between authenticity and capitalism and the complex relationship between writers and publishers on the commodification of self.

Discussing trauma can be cathartic for writers and valuable for audiences, but it can also be something extracted from writers, particularly those early in their careers who are not yet versed in the enforcement of boundaries.

As queerness becomes ever more palatable in the mainstream and a commercially viable subject for heterosexual audiences, writers experience both implicit and explicit pressure to divulge intimate personal experiences.

We talk about community responsibility to uplift other queers, about the value of sharing, about self-preservation, and about sustainably ‘playing the game’ on one’s own terms.

Featuring writers
Kaya Wilson
Gloria Demillo
Holden Sheppard
Jason Om
Anthony Venn-Brown OAM

Tickets from: $13
Corner City Rd and Cleveland St Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia

Access parking is located on Maze Crescent within the University of Sydney and a short distance to the Seymour entrance. There is lift access to all levels of the venue. Wheelchair seating is available in all theatres, and fully accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Hearing loops are available in the Everest and York theatres. The Seymour is a Companion Card affiliate. Cardholders must present their card when booking and attending a performance.

Seymour Centre has bathroom facilities and a range of food and beverage options available for purchase. They also recommend trying some of their favourite local restaurants and bars, which offer food and beverage deals for Seymour ticket-holders. More information at seymourcentre.com

Recommended for ages 15+


Sun Feb 19 @ 11:00 am
Sun Feb 19 @ 12:30 pm
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EnQueer | Sydney Queer Writers’ Festival
0415 865 770
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Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.