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 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’.

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.