Bent Street 2 Now Available

Welcome to 2019! We have just received print copies of Bent Street 2. Copies can be purchased at Hares & Hyenas, or online, with other physical outlets coming on-stream soon. Also, the eBook should be out by this weekend. Most of the articles by our fantastic contributors can be found online here in the Bent Street Cafe. (Check out Henry von Doussa’s interview with Jennifer Power; or Marcus O’Donnell reflecting on the art of David Wojnarowicz). But of course you will want your own tangible physical copy that sits on the bedside table in ways that a laptop or device JUST DOESN’T.

Bent Street 2 covers aspects of ‘2018’, including the afterglow of the passing into law of same-sex marriage; the ongoing struggle for rights and recognition; reflections on the past; as well as presenting the queer imagination as it follows its own lights, digressions, yearnings, and strange associations. And it is our first venture into total colour printing.

ISBN: (paperback) 978-0-6484604-0-4 | RRP: $29.95

(Bent Street 2 : Australian LGBTIQA+ Arts, Writing & Ideas ; Tiffany Jones, Ed. ; Clouds of Magellan Press, Melbourne 2018)

Contributors include: Guy James Whitworth, Steve RE Pereira, Jamie James, Quinn Eades, Brigitte Lewis, Jeff Herd, Adrienne Kisner, Marcus O’Donnell, Jennifer Power, Henry Von Doussa, Dean Smith, Alison Thorne, Rebecca Ryall, Craig Middleton, Nikki Sullivan, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Dennis Altman, Janet Rice, Geoff Allshorn, Martin Roberts, Roz Bellamy, Mandy Henningham, Tiffany Jones, Michael Bernard Kelly, Aurea Kochanowski, René Bennett, Peter Mitchell, Tina Healy, Madison Griffiths, Andy Murdoch, Holly Zwalf, Lian Low, James May, Jean Taylor.

Bookshops and Libraries can order Bent Street 1 and 2 through Ingram iPage.

Melbourne Launch Event

Hares & Hyenas Bookshop, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Saturday 16 February, 3pm

Free Event. All Welcome.

December Cafe

It’s the end of the year and we’re putting a few final things around the tree to mark the close of 2018. Our editor Tiffany Jones has selected ‘the 12 Tweets of Christmas’ – see 2018 – The Year in Queer: Refusal Tweets. Dennis Altman writes on A locked closet: LGBTI rights around the world and we have a Deleuzian tram-ride from Jean Taylor – Tramming it.

The team is busy preparing the print version – Bent Street 2 and we’ll post here in a little while about ebook availability, paperback availability and launch events in January next year.

Bent Street 2 will feature most of the material that has appeared in the Bent Street Cafe this year, plus some special surprises. Thankyou to all our wonderful contributors.

Mid-November Cafe

Middle of November finds us assembling the print version of Bent Street. Thankyou to all our contributors – there is an amazing array of creativity and thought and we’re looking forward to the ink and paper version. In the Bent Street Cafe you can find a memoir on Freddie Mercury – Freddie and Me by Steve R.E. Pereira. There is some new poetryTasseography by Aurea Kochanowski and three poems by Peter Mitchell. There is also a new profile in Profiles and Portraits of Mara Maya Devi by Guy James Whitworth. Enjoy!

November Cafe

Okay, so this should be the ‘October Cafe’, but Halloween got in the way. So, welcome to the ‘November’ Bent Street Cafe. We have two Non-fiction pieces that explore ‘institutions’: Queering the Classroom – in which Rebecca Ryall looks at heteronormativity and cisnormativity in the Catholic school context; and The KINQ Manifesto – Craig Middleton & Nikki Sullivan on how Knowledge Industries Need Queering (KINQ).

In Portraits and Profiles, Guy James Whitworth presents Peter de Waal.

And Guy is also interviewed by Bent Street about his current projects.

November is when we start assembling the print version of Bent Street for 2018 – Bent Street 2. We’re aiming for a pre-Christmas release. If there are any bits of writing or images that you’ve encountered this year, that we should look to include in 2, drop us a line at cloudsofmagellanpress@gmail.com. We’d also like to hear your thoughts on how we can make Bent Street work the best for the LGBTIQA+ community.

The Bent Street Team

Late September Cafe

Read some exciting short Fiction in the Bent Street Cafe:- Andy Murdoch has some interesting encounters on a Greek Island; and Holly Zwalf transports the reader to the cruise ship from Hell.

In Portraits and Profiles Jamie James shares photographs from an ongoing 25 year series of Sydney’s Queer performance scene (the banner on the website – just look up slightly – also shows one of these images). In Essays we have an extract from Safe Spaces – a new report on LGBTIQ+ Muslims by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli; and Ink & Vinyl Therapy by artist and art therapist Martin Roberts.

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. The print yearbook deadline is end of October.

Forward this post to anyone you know writing or performing or creating in the ‘queer sphere’.