Festival Program


The Big Bent Poetry Reading

Sun 26 Aug, 10am
ACMI Cinema 1

Alert your synapses to a poetic exploration of gender and queerness, featuring poets Broede Carmody, Quinn Eades, Michael Farrell, Kate Lilley, Lian Low, Harry Reid and Ania Walwicz. Hosted by Adolfo Aranjuez.

This session is free, no bookings are required.

Supported by Australian Poetry and Cordite Publishing Inc


1 hour

Session code





Session Artists

Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of film and media periodical Metro and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also a freelance writer, speaker and dancer. Aranjuez's nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Right Now, Overland, Meanjin and Peril, among others, and he has worked with and performed for various arts festivals and organisations.

Broede Carmody is a writer from north-east Victoria. His first book, Flat Exit, was published by Cordite Books in 2017. Carmody is also a journalist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and his poetry has appeared in journals such as Meanjin, Voiceworks and Stilts.

Quinn Eades is a queer transmasc writer, award-winning poet, academic, and editor. He is the author of Rallying and All the Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body, and is currently working on his third book and related theatre show, an autobiography titled Transpositions.

Michael Farrell is the author of I Love Poetry, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards–shortlisted Cocky's Joy, and several other books including Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945. He co-edited Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets, and guest edited the LGBTQIA+ issue of Rabbit Poetry journal.

Kate Lilley is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Sydney. Tilt is her third full-length poetry collection. Her previous books, Ladylike and Versary, were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize and received multiple book of the year citations.

From 2009-2016, Lian Low was an editor and a board member of Peril magazine. Her writing is in Growing up Asian in Australia, Kill Your Darlings, Right Now, The Lifted Brow and ArtsHub. In 2015 she was a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, a City of Literature Travel Fund, and she collaborated with dancer and choreographer Victoria Chiu on the performance text of 'Do you speak Chinese?'.

Harry Reid is a poet from Melbourne. They were a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow for 2018 and their work has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review.

Ania Walwicz’s latest book is Horse, a work of poetics/fictocriticism published by University of Western Australia Publishing in 2018. Her work explores the area of autobiographical reference, the theatre of writing and performance.

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