MARDI GRAS 2010 – Seymour Theatre Centre: Queer Thinking

February 5th, 2010


  • 26 February 2010
  • Price $15/$12 (concession and members)
Professors and porn stars and authors – oh my! Queer Thinking will take over the Seymour Centre from 3pm on Friday February 26th – the day before the Parade – with a program of panel discussions, author in-conversations and artist talks designed to stimulate the enquiring mind. And all for as little as $12 for the whole day!*
Visiting authors include the multi-award winning UK writer, Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, and most recently, The Little Stranger, shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Sarah will be featured in a special in-conversation session.
Also making his way to Queer Thinking from the UK is the wickedly funny, Paul Burston. One of the most influential gay men in Britain, Paul’s latest novel is the bestselling ‘The Gay Divorcee’, which has received rave reviews from the likes of Julian Clary and Marc Almond. As a special treat for Queer Thinking, Paul will be hosting his unique Polari event, described as ‘London’s peerless gay literary salon’.
Joining the line-up is Brent Corrigan, a name synonymous with scandal and the adult industry. After baring all for the cameras for years, he’s coming to Sydney for a unique one-off talk where he’s sure to give an honest and intriguing account of a controversial life.
Queer Thinking will also feature iconic Dutch photographer, Erwin Olaf, discussing his sexy, bold and highly stylised images. He’s won countless awards for his work, and he’ll be providing a unique insight into his creative process. Also speaking will be Pedro Virgil, a photographer famous for his stunning work with athletes in his Gods of Football series. Or for something completely different you can join an illustrated talk on the colourful history of Cross-Dressing in Australia by the State Library’s Fashion Curator.
Other sessions include the launch of poetry anthology, Out of the Box: Australian Lesbian and Gay Poets, which will be launched by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG and intermedia academic superstar Anna Gibbs. They’ll be joined by a myriad of Australia’s best poets in a reading of their work.
Queer Thinking will satisfy with a provocative line up of panel and keynote sessions from the queer community’s most notable political activists and academics. Visiting from the University of Manchester Prof. Monica Pearl speaks about The Problem of Beauty in the Art of AIDS, while Prof. Ana Carden-Coyne will theorise Reconstructing the Body. The University of Sydney’s Prof. Robert Aldrich will discuss his specialty of ethnicity in queer theory with Bodies of Colour.
Indulge in our Histories of the World theme this year with a series of talks based around different facets of our community’s history. We have the Australian Writer’s Guild delving into the history of Queer Film and Television in Australia, or join in our other fascinating talks including Parties, Politics and AIDS or The History of the Community.
Seymour Theatre Centre
The University of Sydney
Corner City Road & Cleveland Street

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