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)

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Peter Polites is a Western Sydney-based writer. In 2014 he wrote and appeared in the Sweatshop performance writing production Three Jerks. In 2015 he was a recipient of the WestWords writing fellowship. He wrote Steps into Katouna, a performance text for Urban Theatre Projects that was put on for Sydney Festival 2017. Down the Hume is his first novel: it is part noir, part melodrama, part queer and all Western Sydney.