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Room to Move: Renovating A Nation’s Stories

Are there limitations to writing ourselves into pre-existing media forms? Join this live and online panel of some of Australia’s foremost LGBTQIA+ writing talent from television, magazine and literature as they discuss the ways we make and hold wriggle room for queer stories in predominantly straight, cisgender, white creative fields and frameworks.

Afterwards, join us for an hour of drinks and good company while local LGBTIQA+ songwriters provide acoustic accompaniment.

Featuring Tom Cho, Yen Eriksen, Julie Kalceff, Ellen van Neerven, and Lucy Watson.

This event is a collaboration with Canberra's Noted festival and Lambda Literary, the US’s largest LGBTIQA+ literary organisation, and will be streamed online to connect with LAMBDA’s inaugural literary festival in LA.

Tickets: $15 (includes a complimentary glass of Canberra region wine or a soft drink on arrival)



Participant Bios

Tom Cho is the author of the collection of fictions Look Who’s Morphing. He has over 70 stories published in journals, most recently Review of Australian Fiction and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. These days, he is writing a novel on the meaning of life. Originally from Melbourne, Tom is now based in Toronto, Canada. His website is

Yen Eriksen is a radio producer, community broadcaster, writer, youth advocate, documentary maker and politics nerd based in Canberra. Yen has produced and hosted shows on Woroni, 2XX and SYN community radio, including Friday Night Lip Service, The Morning After, Sunday Night Jazz, and Hey Grrl Hey. Yen is also a recipient of the Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

Julie Kalceff has worked in film and television for over 15 years and is the creator, writer, director and producer of the international hit, multi-platform drama Starting From Now. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 30 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, screened in festivals around the world, and was sold to and played on broadcast television in Australia.

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Indigenous Australian author. She belongs to the Yugambeh people of South East Queensland. Her books include Heat and Light and Comfort Food.

Lucy Watson is the online editor of Archer Magazine. She is also currently completing her PhD on how queer people read celebrity media, and teaching Media and Communications, at the University of Sydney. As well as Archer Magazine, her work has appeared in many publications, most recently Same Same, New Matilda and The Brag. In her downtime, she DJs, plays Mario Kart, and cuddles her dog, Millsy.

Presented in partnership with Noted and Lambda Literary

Earlier Event: March 10
Festival Muse Opening Party