Join Maeve Marsden for a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of Queerstories. Fast becoming a national institution, Queerstories was born of a desire to hear the stories LGBTQIA+ people want to tell: unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought. These are stories filled with pride, prejudice, love and humour that reinvent conventional ideas about narrative, family and community. There’s more to being queer than coming out and getting married. Featuring guests Elaine Castillo, Corrie Chen, Clementine Ford, Rick Morton and Vincent Silk.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Vincent Silk (Australian)

Vincent Silk

Vincent Silk is an Australian writer living in Narrm, Melbourne. His fiction and non-fiction have been published in Archer, Going Down Swinging and Un Magazine. He was a 2016 writer in residence at Next Wave Festival and 2016 writer in residence at Firstdraft, writing art criticism. His writing practice is characterised by an interest in subverting heteronormative embodiment, camp and abject humour, examining power structures and genre fiction. His first novel Sisters of No Mercy is an adventure in hysterical realism, looking at the impacts of global climate catastrophe on urban life.

Elaine Castillo (International)

Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature. She is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow, and her writing can be found in Freeman’s, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Taste Magazine, Bon Appetit, Electric Literature and elsewhere. Her short film, A Mukbang, was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. America Is Not the Heart is her first novel.

Clementine Ford (Australian)

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the feminist manifesto Fight Like A Girl. Her most recent book is Boys Will Be Boys.

Rick Morton (Australian)

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist with The Australian and is the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt. It explores intergenerational trauma, poverty, addiction and mental health and the role of a mother who tried to love enough for the failures of everyone else around her. Originally from Queensland, Rick has worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and now Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, the welfare system, religion and employment services. Rick is the winner of the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. One Hundred Years of Dirt was longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year and was Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019.

Corrie Chen (Australian)

Corrie Chen

Corrie Chen is an AACTA-nominated screenwriter/director, and the 2018 Film Victoria Greg Tepper award recipient. Working across comedy and drama, her directing work has screened on the ABC, SBS, Network 10, and her writing in Women of Letters. She is the director and executive producer of SBS’s Homecoming Queens.

Maeve Marsden (Australian)

Maeve Marsden

Maeve Marsden is a writer, producer and theatre maker who works across comedy, cabaret, live music, and storytelling. Her writing has been published widely. She was the editor for the ABC's Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine in 2018 and in 2019, she curated Sydney Mardi Gras’ Talks and Ideas event, Queer Thinking. She is the host and curator of Queerstories, a LGBTQI+ storytelling event and podcast, and she has edited a collection of the stories by the same name.