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Q-Lit is Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ literature festival, dedicated to celebrating the rich and vibrant history of language and storytelling within the queer community. Born from the understanding that LGBTQIA+ culture has a long-standing tradition of utilising language in unique and powerful ways, Q-Lit seeks to honour and elevate these voices. The festival brings together a diverse array of queer writers and creators, transcending genres and mediums to create a truly inclusive and inspiring event.

At Q-Lit, we believe that our community's creative expression has always been an essential part of our resilience and strength. Through the use of coded language in repressed times, exploration of gender and sexuality in stories, and redefinition of oppressive words into empowering ones, LGBTQIA+ individuals have continuously used language as a means of connection, understanding, and empowerment.

With a focus on connecting regional and metropolitan queer writers, Q-Lit showcases the work of talented individuals across a range of fields, including fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, singer-songwriting, playwright/screenwriting, mixed media, children's books, academia, and poetry. This diversity reflects the richness of the LGBTQIA+ community and ensures that there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

In our commitment to accessibility and community engagement, Q-Lit has presented free workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, in-conversations, and showcases in various locations throughout Victoria, including Fitzroy, Ballarat, Shepparton, Traralgon, Geelong, and Warrnambool. These events provide opportunities for aspiring and established LGBTQIA+ creators to connect, learn, and grow, as well as fostering a sense of belonging and support within the wider community.

Join us at Q-Lit, where we honour the unique history and future of LGBTQIA+ storytelling and celebrate the transformative power of words. Together, we continue to build and strengthen our vibrant community through the shared experience of literature and art.

 

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Festival Director
Dr Kate Hall

Kate Hall (she/her) lives, surfs and writes on Wadawurrung country. She is the award-winning author of From Darkness (Duet Books, New York, 2020), a sapphic romance set in the Otways and the classical underworld.

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Festival Producer
Timothy Christopher Ryan

Timothy Christopher Ryan is a Melbourne based performance artist and producer. Spectacular, surreal and subversive, creating theatre that propels queer art out of the closet and into the arms of an unsuspecting audience - threatening to snap the brittle bones of contemporary Australian culture.

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Partners

Regional Activation Officer
Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart is a writer, artist, and creator, pursuing a creative PhD focused on fostering positive collaborations between women in modern feminist fairy tale re-tellings.

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Anthology Editor
Michael Earp

Michael Earp is a non-binary writer and bookseller living in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).

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Associate Director
Madison Whitmond

Madison calls all literary spaces home and has loved reading and writing all her life.

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