Festival Program


Tales for Sad and Weary Hearts

Sat 31 Aug, 7pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

MWF19’s Queermotions series looks at six emotional states – anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise – through an LBGTQI+ lens.

Enter a realm where sadness is kept at bay and happiness held aloft. Jay Bernard, Nayuka Gorrie, David Francis and Jess McGuire will share a story from their golden hearts guaranteed to make you leave giddy and smiling. With music from Mama Alto.


1 hour

Available on Pass


Session Artists

Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer and community activist. She is a queer transgender person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability.

Jay Bernard is a writer, film programmer and diy archivist from London. Their work is multi-disciplinary, critical and queer. Jay won the Ted Hughes Award 2017 for Surge: Side A, a multi-media performance of their debut poetry collection Surge (Chatto and Windus, 2019).

Francis' first novel Agapanthus Tango, published in seven languages, is being re-released in Australia in 2018. Stray Dog Winter, his second novel, won the American Library Association Prize for Literature. Wedding Bush Road, his third novel, was released in 2017. His short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Harvard Review and elsewhere.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. They wrote and performed in season three of Black Comedy. They are a recipient of the 2018 Wheeler Centre Next Chapter program. They are writing a book of essays.

Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.

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