I Thought I was the Only One:
Under-Represented Voices in Public Discourse

To celebrate the success of the CAL Connections series, Overland, together with Hares and Hyenas, invite you to an event about the need for more under-represented voices in the mainstream conversation.

Hares & Hyenas
63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
(b/w Nicholson & Brunswick Sts)
Wednesday 19 June, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start

The panel will include: Founder of Queer Muslims in Australia Group and Chair of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council, Alyena Mohummadally; Shanghainese/Melburnian writer and performer, Juliana Qian (aka Lia Incognita); writer and Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Sam Twyford-Moore; winner of the 2013 Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, Maxine Beneba Clarke, and Overland editor, Jeff Sparrow. It will be moderated by Overland publicist and 3CR broadcaster Bec Zajac.

The Overland CAL Connections series is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices in Australian literary publishing. Applications are currently open for writers with disabilities.

Alyena’s essay, ‘I thought I was the Only One: Reconciling Queer Identities with Islam’ and Lia’s essay, ‘The Name and the Face’ were both published in Overland as part of the CAL series.The panel will discuss what is needed to make Australian literary publishing an inclusive space, the importance of mentoring, and what the experience has been like for the CAL contributors to be a part of that project.

I Thought I was the Only One is part of Hares & Hyenas’ Holed Up winter festival

18 to 30 June 2013

Details and tickets at:

Event co-sponsors: Writers Victoria, Peril, 3CR’s Queering the Air, JOY 94.9, Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Service