EnQueer, Sydney Queer Writers' Festival, and Sydney WorldPride present

EnQueer x SWP Series | The Queer is Not for Sale

19 Feb 2023

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.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Sound Lounge

Sun 19 Feb 11am

90 minutes (no interval).

Full $23
Concession (Pensioner, Senior, Full-time Student)* $13
Mardi Gras Member* $13

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Please be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff. Read more.

Recommended for ages 15+. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Sound Lounge

Sun 19 Feb 11am

90 minutes (no interval).

Full $23
Concession (Pensioner, Senior, Full-time Student)* $13
Mardi Gras Member* $13

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Please be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff. Read more.

Recommended for ages 15+. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

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