New regional festival celebrates queer writers

With events across Victoria in centres such as Shepparton, Traralgon, Warrnambool and Geelong, Q-Lit aims to connect the queer community and encourage regional writers.

Recognising the challenges of connecting with like-minded queer creatives for those who live and work regionally, a new literary festival Q-Lit aims to connect and celebrate LGBTQIA+ writers living in regional Victoria.

Q-Lit’s Creative Director Dr Kate Hall, who is based on the state’s Surf Coast, says that just as ‘queer’ is used as an inclusive term for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the festival likewise has a focus on uniting a broad array of Victorian writers.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts