How is queer representation in literature changing? In today’s social and political climate, how do writers construct and define queer characters, knowing there are real-world ramifications? Do they consider economics, race, class, geography or history? Are we seeing the erosion of queer, as queer characters begin to inhabit more mainstream texts? Benjamin Law hosts a conversation with prominent writers Ivan Coyote (Tomboy Survival Guide), C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince trilogy) and Peter Polites (Down the Hume).

Supported by Macquarie University.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist from Western Sydney. He has written two queer noirs, Down the Hume and The Pillars, which won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award. He’s also won the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literature Prize for Fiction. In 2021 he will be a writer in residence at UNSW Canberra and working on his third novel, God Forgets About the Poor.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS that Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons. His debut stage play, Torch the Place, premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2020.