Trans and Gender Diverse Writers Showcase

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An anthology fundraiser

Join us for one night of memoir, fiction and poetry readings from a range of trans and gender diverse storytellers.

This event is a fundraiser for an upcoming publication of an anthology of trans and gender diverse writing, and aims to centre trans and gender diverse voices in the current debates around trans identity and representation in contemporary literary culture. This event will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

No one turned away for lack of funds - email [email protected] to reserve a ticket

Featuring performances from many trans and gender diverse writers including:

Simona Castricum is an independent solo artist, one half the duo SaD, and underground DJ. She also runs 100% independent record label Trans-Brunswick Express. As an educator and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, her work explores queer intersections in architecture, music, the city and public space. Simona is a community radio broadcaster at 3RRR Melbourne and an associate of Parlour: women, equity, architecture.

Maddox Gifford is a writer and editor, a student of RMIT's prestigious Professional Writing and Editing program, and an activist first and foremost. Maddox grew up on Worimi and Awabakal lands, and now lives and studies on Wurundjeri land. Maddox enjoys reading, passionate discussions, writing—once it's over—and depression naps.

Ryan Gustafsson is a researcher, writer, and podcaster who lives and works on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. A nonbinary and adopted Korean, their writing explores themes including connection, identity, and knowledge. They work at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne.

Nat Hollis is a non-binary/transfem emerging writer from regional WA. They worked as an economics tutor before moving to Naarm to study sociology and creative writing, and to pursue a career as a novelist. Nat writes and edits for Farrago Magazine and is currently finishing their first novel.

Ruq Abdul Manan is a neurodivergent queer trans man who’s trained as a
linguist. Since coming to so-called Australia, Ruq has worked in farms, factories, hospitality and as a medical case manager in a workers’ compensation setting. After working as a research assistant for projects on improving educational connection for young people in custody, Ruq has started a graduate degree in law with a view to improve access to justice for young people in custody, especially queer and trans folks from asylum seeker and refugee background.

Brooke Murray is a theatre-maker and artist based in Naarm. Short plays include Chariot (MTC/EWF) and Pink Soap (ATYP/Griffin), published by Currency Press. Video artworks include Cutting Onions (Testing Grounds, BlackCat Gallery) and Home Inside (Darebin Arts). They recently directed Early Days by DL Turnbull, set to tour Victoria

Dr Yves Rees is a writer and historian living on Wurundjeri land. At present, they’re a Lecturer at La Trobe University and co-host of the podcast Archive Fever. Yves’ essay "Reading the Mess Backwards" was awarded the 2020 Calibre Prize and their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin.

Bron “Richo” Richardson is a Naarm-based sometimes drag performer, sometimes writer and sometimes basketball player. Full time lover of pizza (especially with pineapple), puns and cheesy jokes

Jaxson Wearing is a transgender man from Sydney, Australia. He is a holistic healthcare practitioner who runs a health and wellness centre in Sydney. He is also an educator having taught anatomy and physiology at university for over ten years. As an author he tells his story of transformation and personal growth in an effort to inspire others to do the same.

Dani Boi is a smooth king with many agendas. Through pop-fuelled lipsyncs he toys with toxic masculinity and wrestles with genderfluidity. When not on stage, Dani is passionate about creating spaces for queer expression and art, including as producer for The Cocoa Butter Club, a performance night for people of colour. They will be reading from their article in Archer Magazine, and can be found on Instagram: @afab_ulous

Cedar Brown is a Naarm-based nonbinary writer and sociocultural linguist who works across artistic and academic mediums. Their writing engages with language and the body. They have written for performances in spaces such as La Mama, Mechanics Institute, and the Burrow; their poetry appears in Voiceworks, Burley, Judy’s Punch and Above Water; and they review live performance for Theatrepeople. They can be found at @brown_cedar.

Hosted by Kin Francis a producer working with queer, Blak and POC communities. They are creating long-term projects and are developing their writing practice as a resident artist at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Kin’s work has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Asialink and Maribyrnong City Council.

Music by Meri Leeworthy

This event is supported by the Victorian Government's Pride Events and Festivals Fund and the City of Maribyrnong


Event & ticketing details

Book tickets


Auslan Interpreted
Relaxed Performance
Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

WHEN Fri 30 Apr 8pm


FULL $16.00
CONC $12.00


Bluestone Church Arts Space

8A Hyde St, Footscray

Get directions


Any western line to Footscray


82 to stop 64

Event notes


Premiere, New Work, Melbourne Premiere, Australian Premiere


Coarse language, Reference to sexual violence, Reference to drug use, Suicide references

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