Our best Australian and New Zealand reads published in 2017

Our best Australian and New Zealand LGBTIQ reads published in 2017

Aidan 19, So Far by Aidan Cahill The moving story of an independent young gay man with a remarkable narrative from the margins of New Zealand society.

 Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay by Wayne Herbert Based on real-life events, this is a collection of the things people say to a thirty-something disabled gay man from Canberra.

 Archer magazine Archer Magazine is an award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity. It is published twice-yearly in Melbourne, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences.

Bent Street 1 – ‘2017’ : Australian LGBTIQA+ Arts, Writing & Ideas Bent Street is an annual publication of Australian LGBTIQA+ art, writing, and ideas that gathers essays, fiction, works-in-progress, poetry, artwork, reflections, letters, blog posts, interviews, performance writing and rants to bring you ‘The Year in Queer’.

Danger Music by Eddie Ayres Amid the chaos and unpredictability of life in war-savaged Kabul, Emma determines to take the final steps to secure her own peace; she becomes the man she needs to be – Eddie.

Dark Matters : A Novel by Susan Hawthorne This novel explores the history of organised violence against lesbians.

Down the Hume by Peter Polites Set in Western Sydney, this is a tale of a Greek Australian gay man and his family, lovers and drug deals.

Getyawordsout.com  Gatyawordsout supports writing, reading and publishing for Australian young adult LGBTIQ folk. The brainchild of our 2017 winner, Stacey Malacari (who also came second!) the site has recommended reading lists, writing and research advice, and guidance on publishing.

Half Wild by Pip Smith based on the true life of Harry Crawford, a trans man who lived an adventurous childhood in New Zealand and a controversial life in early twentieth century Sydney.

 Law School: Sex & Relationship Advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang This book covers the practical and ethical dilemmas of sex and relationships from two very different perspectives. Ben and Jenny challenge the way we think and talk about the intimate, in funny and earnest banter.

Molly – The Never, um… Ever Ending Story: Life, Countdown and Everything In Between by Molly Meldrum Outrageous anecdotes and lovely vignettes describe the life of music’s iconic Ian “Molly” Meldrum.

Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns by Ian Byford A history of draconian laws, scandals, parties and the struggle for gay law reform in an isolated regional town.

 Rural Liberties by Neal Drinnan Set in a fictional town on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, this is a tale of sex, death and growing up queer in a country town.

 Shriek! by Robert Tait Yes, written by our very own committee member and judge, Robert Tait, this comic Australian novel charts an LGBTIQ tree change. In the best gay tradition, it’s a funny and poignant look at what it means to belong.  Available as an ebook from https://www.amazon.com.au/SHRIEK-Jewels-Jim-Book-1-ebook/dp/B072ZXZCW9

The Trauma Cleaner; One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster By Sarah Krasnostein Melbourne Transwoman Sandra Pankhurst explores the impact of trauma, both through her job cleaning up crime scenes, and in reflecting on her own life.

These Two hands; a memoir by Renee A beautiful autobiography by the well-known New Zealand lesbian feminist looking back on her 88 years.

And one for the Gaybies;

My Two Super Mums by Bronny Lane and illustrated by Fleure Vaslet It doesn’t matter who’s in your family, so long as you are loved.

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