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Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia's finest LGBTQIA+ writers

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There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn. From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn. From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Simon 'Pauline Pantsdown' Hunt, Steven Lindsay Ross, Amy Coopes, Paul van Reyk, Mama Alto, Liz Duck-Chong, Maxine Kauter, David Cunningham, Peter Taggart, Ben McLeay, Jax Jacki Brown, Ginger Valentine, Candy Bowers, Simon Copland, Kelly Azizi, Nic Holas, Quinn Eades, Vicki Melson, Tim Bishop and Maeve Marsden.


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There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn. From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn. From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Simon 'Pauline Pantsdown' Hunt, Steven Lindsay Ross, Amy Coopes, Paul van Reyk, Mama Alto, Liz Duck-Chong, Maxine Kauter, David Cunningham, Peter Taggart, Ben McLeay, Jax Jacki Brown, Ginger Valentine, Candy Bowers, Simon Copland, Kelly Azizi, Nic Holas, Quinn Eades, Vicki Melson, Tim Bishop and Maeve Marsden.

55 review for Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia's finest LGBTQIA+ writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jordi

    Queerstories is political and pivotal. The collection of personal stories, like its unifying theme of 'queer', resists easy categorisation, but offers a much-needed space for community, camaraderie and allyship. Full review (paywalled) at Books+Publishing: https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Probably the greatest book I have ever read. You should definitely buy many copies and give to all your friends.

  3. 4 out of 5

    gemsbooknook Geramie Kate Barker

    ‘From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community. Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Si ‘From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community. Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Simon ‘Pauline Pantsdown’ Hunt, Steven Lindsay Ross, Amy Coopes, Paul van Reyk, Mama Alto, Liz Duck-Chong, Maxine Kauter, David Cunningham, Peter Taggart, Ben McLeay, Jax Jacki Brown, Ginger Valentine, Candy Bowers, Simon Copland, Kelly Azizi, Nic Holas, Quinn Eades, Vicki Melson, Tim Bishop and Maeve Marsden.’ There is a lot to unpack in this book. This jam-packed book contains a wide range of stories written by various members of the LGBTQIA+ community. With so many different voices and a massive selection of stories to choose from, this collection can be read from start to finish or picked up at a random story. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting from this book. I guess I just didn’t expect what I got. Does that make sense? This book was filled will interesting stories but it just didn’t have any flow. The lack of cohesion between the stories was really jarring. I read this book from start to finish, so for those who are just reading it story to story this may not be an issue. Some of the stories in this collection were beautiful. They were funny, heartwarming and really captivating. I had moments of both laughter and tears whilst reading some of these stories. I did find that some of the stories just didn’t resonate with me. I didn’t feel any emotional attachment to them at all. I also had trouble dealing with all of the adult language and other adults themes. I dint alway notice it, but when I did I just found it unnecessary and sometimes damaging to the story being told. I don’t have a problem with adult themes and language on a whole, but I felt like it was overused in some of the stories. If the story called for it, I didn’t even notice but some of the stories were just flooded with it for no apparent reason. If you have an issue with adult theme or language, this is not a book for you. As a warning this book is definitely not suited for younger readers. Adults only would be my recommendation. Queerstories by Maeve Marsden is an interesting read that will make you think. Geramie Kate Barker gemsbooknook.wordpress.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Cullen

    I bought Queerstories on a whim. I saw a mention of it on Twitter, I think. One of the contributors to the anthology had sent out a link saying 'read me in here,' or words to that effect. Seeing it was a collection of pieces by LGBTIQ Australian writers I wanted to read it but was sort of fearful of it being a 'this is my tragedy,' collection. I couldn't have been more wrong in that fear. The stories range from laugh out loud hysterical to crying quietly into a tissue. From gay clubs in East Ger I bought Queerstories on a whim. I saw a mention of it on Twitter, I think. One of the contributors to the anthology had sent out a link saying 'read me in here,' or words to that effect. Seeing it was a collection of pieces by LGBTIQ Australian writers I wanted to read it but was sort of fearful of it being a 'this is my tragedy,' collection. I couldn't have been more wrong in that fear. The stories range from laugh out loud hysterical to crying quietly into a tissue. From gay clubs in East Germany in the 80s to the amusement of an older sister convincing her younger brother priests were vampires hungering for confession the collection is a series of stories that allow a sense of connection. Reading the stories of love, loss and family made my heart smile and gave me the opportunity to release some of the scars I carry from my journey. I can't recommend this collection highly enough. For Queer readers, for members of and allies of the LGBTIQ+ communities, for those who view our community with distrust and disgust. QueerStories contains our humanity in it's highest form, the form of stories, of vastly different journeys that show us our sameness and connection in a world too often determined to show us only our differences.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose Wh

    Heartwarming stories from a diverse range of voices :)

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    Jessica

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    Robert Watkins

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean Marie Lukin

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    Fraser Orford

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