Festival Program


On Sex and Romance

Sun 8 Sep, 4pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Consent, coercion, protection. Authors must navigate these issues when writing those steamy chapters. Angelita Biscotti, Maria Lewis and Melanie Milburne explore the responsibility writers have when writing about sex. With Kate Cuthbert.

Contains discussion about sex.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Angelita Sofia Biscotti is a model, photo-artist and writer. She was a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her work has been published in Djed Press, Archer Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review and elsewhere. Her erotic poetry chapbook Else But A Madness Most Discreet is available through Vagabond Press.

Kate Cuthbert is program manager at Writers Victoria. Previously, she worked for over a decade in trade publishing, notably initiating Harlequin Australia’s Escape Publishing imprint, and serving as managing editor for seven years. She is an award-winning book reviewer and critic, and is pursuing a PhD examining Australian popular fiction.

Maria Lewis is a screenwriter & best-selling author of several novels including The Witch Who Courted Death, It Came From The Deep, Who’s Afraid Too? and Who’s Afraid?, which is currently being adapted for television. A journalist for over 15 years, her byline has appeared in the New York Post, Empire Magazine, The Guardian, Junkee, Penthouse and many more.

Melanie Milburne is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 80 romance novels for Harlequin Mills and Boon. Her books are sold in over 100 foreign markets and translated into multiple languages. She is an offical ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation.

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