Festival Program


YA’ll Are Thirsty: Romantic FanFic Showcase

Sun 1 Sep, 4pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Pop culture is filled with characters who are meant to be together, but their creators often seem set on keeping them apart. Alison Evans, Will Kostakis, Jes Layton, and CB Mako offer alternative salacious stories from their thirsty imaginations.


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. Adolfo’s nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Cordite and elsewhere.

Alison Evans is the author of Ida, which won the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017. Their second novel, Highway Bodies, was published earlier this year and they are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based in Melbourne.

Will Kostakis has written everything from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. Monuments is his first fantasy novel.

Jes Layton is a geek with a hat, writing about and discussing queer-nerdy things. Jes works in administration for the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office and Express Media. His latest pieces can be found at Junkee and her story 'Chemical Expression' is featured in Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories.

CB Mako is a non-fiction and fan-fiction writer. Winner of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition and shortlisted for the Overland Fair Australia Prize, cubbie has been published in The Suburban Review, The Lifted Brow, The Victorian Writer, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Djed Press, Overland, and others.

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