Get romantic at the Queermance writers festival

Get romantic at the Queermance writers festival

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 07 March 2014 13:51 Written by // Michael Magnusson

A new festival of queer writing launches this month in Melbourne with a focus on the overlooked genre of Romance.

The Queermance festival the brainchild of authors Matthew Lang and Isabelle Rowan who hope LGBT relationships can be celebrated in fiction like their heterosexual peers.

“Romance is something we talk about as a community but its something we don't give a lot of though to,” festival director and author Matthew Lang told gaynewsnetwork.

“We don't focus on the romance and the building of that other than dating sites and Grindr,” he said.

Lang said queer romance was a growing genre, especially in the US and UK and although primarily focussing on writing, guests for Queermance represent other mediums outside the genre like Luke Miller, developer of the indie game My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant.

Lang said a big advantage of Queermance is that Australian publishers of queer romance will be at the event including one of the biggest in the country, Clandestine Press.

“We also have a representative from one of the US firm Rooster and Pig coming and a representative from a local erotic fiction publishers Little Raven.”

Lang said the festival is complimented with evening events at Hares & Hyenas Hare Hole, including an opening night launch of an an anthology in ebook format which features a story by Kerry Greenwood, author of the Phryne Fisher mysteries.

“Hopefully we can continue that tradition with an anthology at each festival,” he said.

Queermance takes place between March 21and 23 at the Mercure on Therry, 43 Therry Street, Melbourne with evening events at the Hare Hole, 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy.

For further information and to register vista the queermance website


Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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