Schools' Program

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Thu 5 Sep, 10am
Village Roadshow Theatrette

Sharing stories is how we get to know each other better – to respect and celebrate our differences. Benjamin Law talks to Adolfo Aranjuez and Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, contributors to Growing Up Queer in Australia, an anthology of some of those stories.


45 minutes

Session code



Year Level


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.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, editor and bookseller, the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Feminist Writers Festival and an inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship. Her work has been featured in publications including Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, SBS Life, Rookie and frankie.

Benjamin Law is author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East , and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. He is the co-host of Stop Everything on ABC RN and columnist for Good Weekend. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS which he created and co-wrote for three seasons.

More sessions like this one

Schools' Program

Who, Me?

Mon 2 Sep, 10am

Thomas Pynchon once asked ‘why should things be easy to understand?’ Alistair Baldwin and Mira Schlosberg find mutual comfort discussing the challenges of writing about their l...

Schools' Program

Workshop: The Stories We Tell

Tue 3 Sep, 10am

How does our story – where we come from and where we live now – shape our identity? Randa Abdel-Fattah leads a tour and writing workshop at Immigration Museum, responding to ex...

Schools' Program

This is Not a Fairytale

Wed 4 Sep, 11.15am

How bothersome is it when your magical fairy prince boyfriend gets whisked away by his older brother to a mystical kingdom so he can fulfil his destiny? See Jodi McAlister, author ...

Schools' Program

Love Letters to ‘New Phone, Who Dis?’

Mon 2 Sep, 1pm

Remember when you would hand-write a letter to your beau, seal it with a kiss, and send it on its way? No? Well, Alistair Baldwin and Jodi McAlister do (maybe?). And they’re here...