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What We Become

Sun 12 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

In an intimate conversation featuring two of literary Australia’s brightest young talents, Madeleine Ryan (A Room Called Earth) and Yves Rees (All About Yves) speak to Adolfo Aranjuez about laying bare the messiness of bodies, gender and identity, and navigating shifting selfhood. Rees discusses writing their account of coming to understand they were transgender at the age of 30, while Ryan shares her own experience of being diagnosed with autism while writing her novel, a first-person story following a neurodivergent young woman over the course of a night.


1 hour

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Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival’s publications and content manager, and Liminal’s publication editor; previously, he edited Metro and Archer. His essays and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Screen Education, The Manila Review, Cordite and elsewhere.

Dr Yves Rees is a writer and historian based on unceded Wurundjeri land. They are a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and the co-host of the Archive Fever podcast. Rees was awarded the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize and their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is being published by Allen & Unwin in September 2021.

Madeleine Ryan is a writer, director and author. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, SBS, Vogue, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, Bustle and Lenny Letter, and she is working on a screen adaptation of her novel.

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