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Speak Up! I Can’t Hear You

A panel discussion on storytelling in LGBTQIA+ communities and fundraiser for Switchboard as part of the Midsumma festival.

6pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne (wheelchair accessible)
Tickets: $15 conc. / $25 full / $50 solidarity. Buy tickets here

For the past 28 years Switchboard Victoria has been listening to the stories of LGBTQIA+ communities. This panel digs deeper into the stories we tell and how they shape who we are. Featuring Lou Bennett, Christos Tsiolkas and Carolyn D’Çruz and hosted by community activist and gender transcendent diva Mama Alto. All monies raised go to Switchboard Victoria.

Panelists include:
Dr Lou Bennett: Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Dr Lou Bennett is a former member of the internationally acclaimed trio Tiddas. Bennett is a consummate performer, playing audiences worldwide. Bennett is a prolific songwriter/composer and during her ten years with Tiddas (1990-2000) penned some of the group’s signature songs. Bennett’s work stretches over a vast area within the Arts industry throughout the past twenty-nine years including her various roles as performer, songwriter, musical and artistic director, composer, actor, soundscape and music designer and educator.

Christos Tsiolkas: Christos Tsiolkas is the author of novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On; The Jesus Man; Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award and was made into a feature film; and The Slapand Barracuda, both made into mini-series by Matchbox Productions and the ABC. He co-authored the book, Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Sasha Soldatow, and his short stories were published in the collection, Merciless Gods. Merciless Gods was the basis for the award-winning stage production by Little Ones Theatre Co. Christos is also a playwright, scriptwriter and essayist, and he is the film reviewer for The Saturday Paper. He is a Patron for Writers Victoria and an Ambassador for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. His new novel, Damascus, is to be published in 2019.

Dr Carolyn D’Çruz: Carolyn has been working in gender, sexuality and diversity studies since 2007 at La Trobe University. She is author of Identity Politics in Deconstruction: Calculating with the Incalculable and is co-editor of the anthology, After homosexual: The legacies of gay liberation.

Proudly supported by Nous, Victorian State Government and Midsumma festival.