Join Australia’s favourite raconteur Ben Law for our rescheduled Twilight Talks, now on the Plane Tree Stage at 5pm. Living Gender brings together a dynamic panel to examine gender in contemporary Australia, featuring Yves Rees, whose memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is a beautiful account of re-becoming and trans identity, Omar Sakr, a lauded Queer poet and novelist, whose thrilling writing examines notions of belonging when one’s identity is at odds with one’s family and faith, and Brandon Jack, a former AFL player who suffered greatly when he tried to conform to sport’s rigid notions of masculinity, and was liberated when he reimagined what it meant to be a man.
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Benjamin Law is the author of memoir The Family Law, which he adapted for SBS TV, Gaysia, and a Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101. A columnist for Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine, Benjamin has also written for over fifty publications internationally and is a co-host on ABC Radio National’s Stop Everything.
Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab Australian poet, born of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for awards including the Kenneth Slessor Prize and his follow-up collection, The Lost Arabs, won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry. Son of Sin is his debut novel.
Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of podcast Archive Fever. Their writing has featured in publications including the Sydney Review of Books, The Age, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Conversation. Yves was the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their essay Reading the Mess Backwards, which formed the genesis of their first book, the memoir All About Yves.