Bent Street Cafe – Memoir Special

In the latest Bent Street Cafe we have three works of memoir, including  Game Changer – an extract from Peter Mitchell’s memoir Fragments through the Epidemic. There is also an interview with Peter discussing the evolution of this work that covers ten years (1984-1992) of living with HIV.

Eric Turton – (pictured here in 1963) – is 94 years old and currently preparing his memoir Life is a Bowl of Cherries. The extract – The Brotherhood – covers some of Eric’s experiences in New York in the late 1950s.

Jean Taylor adds a twist to the search for her grandmothers and other ancestors in Invitation for Arvo Tea on the Verandah.

Guy James Whitworth offers us a tender tribute to performance poet Candy Royalle in a new section Portraits and Profiles.

Bent Street Cafe posts ongoing contributions to Bent Street – an annual print publication of LGBTIQA+ arts, writing and ideas. Edited by Tiffany Jones we encourage submissions from the Australian queer sphere (work-in-process, stories, poetry, essays, images …). Bent Street is also a reading and listening community with the aim of encouraging your voice and providing creative feedback.

Bent Street Cafe – Spring menu

September already! Bring me a double shot latte. Time to sit-down in the Bent Street Cafe (Bent Street 2’s evolving list of contributions) and bask in the Spring sunshine with some great reading.

New in Non-Fiction we have Life writing as an outlet for LGBTIQA+ youth by Roz Bellamy, looking at the transformative power of various forms of life-writing; and Gender in the early childhood setting by Rachel Chapman.

In Interviews we meet Lucetta Kam, the author of Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China. Lucetta is coming to Melbourne for the 2018 AGMC Conference (September 21-23) – here’s a chance to sample some of the themes and ideas.

Bent Street Cafe – End of August

August nearly over, but still time to curl up on a cold wintry night the Bent Street Cafe to read some insightful Non-fiction – including Intersex People & Internalised Corrective Bodily Bias by Mandy Henningham and Tiffany Jones. There is also Love’s Pure Light – A Reflections on the Passage of Marriage Equality by Michael Bernard Kelly – a talk that Michael gave at Sydney Metropolitan Community Church on Christmas Eve last year.

In Fiction we have Two Wild Outlaws by James May.

Bent Street Cafe – August Menu

Visit the Bent Street Cafe for three new Interviews. Tina Healy is an advocate, peer support worker and an elder in the transgender community. Ashley Sievwright talks with us about the highs and lows of publishing and the idea of ‘Australian Gothic. Steve R. E. Pereira talks with us about South Asian queer writing.

In Poetry we have Tina Healy’s poem We Were The Ones That Went Before, and Post-Optimistic by René Bennett.

In Fiction we have an excerpt from Ashley Sievwright’s novel-in-development Slightly Foxed and Steve R. E. Pereira’s short story A Dolphin in the Ganges.

Bent Street gathers writing, art and ideas from the Australian LGBTIQA+ community, plus interested overseas friends. Submissions appear in the Bent Street Cafe and from this and other sources we assemble the print yearbook. Forward this post to anyone you know writing or performing or creating, or ideating in the ‘queer sphere’.

Bent Street Cafe

Bent Street is now open for submissions at all times during the year. We will look to publish material ongoing in the Bent Street Cafe – an online publication space. From this and many other sources we will compile the print yearbook, to be published in December 2018.

Drop into the Cafe now to read: