Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Project

Supporting growth and sustainability of trans and gender diverse peer support across Victoria. Supported by the Victorian Government.

Spilling the T Collective

Spilling the T Collective is a trans and gender diverse peer support writers collective. Our facilitators connect emerging writers with their community across Australia. Our group meets fortnightly to provide peer support, feedback and mentoring as we workshop new pieces and share ideas.

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Trans and Gender Diverse Writers’ Showcase – Part of Midsumma Festival

Join us for a night of memoir, fiction and poetry readings by upcoming trans and gender diverse writers from across Australia and help us fundraise to print our debut anthology. This event takes place on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

Featuring performances from many trans and gender diverse writers including:

Featuring performances from many trans and gender diverse writers including:

Simona Castricum is an independent solo artist, one half the duo SaD, and underground DJ. She also runs 100% independent record label Trans-Brunswick Express. As an educator and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, her work explores queer intersections in architecture, music, the city and public space. Simona is a community radio broadcaster at 3RRR Melbourne and an associate of Parlour: women, equity, architecture.

Maddox Gifford is a writer and editor, a student of RMIT's prestigious Professional Writing and Editing program, and an activist first and foremost. Maddox grew up on Worimi and Awabakal lands, and now lives and studies on Wurundjeri land. Maddox enjoys reading, passionate discussions, writing—once it's over—and depression naps.

Ryan Gustafsson is a researcher, writer, and podcaster who lives and works on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. A nonbinary and adopted Korean, their writing explores themes including connection, identity, and knowledge. They work at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne.

Nat Hollis is a non-binary/transfem emerging writer from regional WA. They worked as an economics tutor before moving to Naarm to study sociology and creative writing, and to pursue a career as a novelist. Nat writes and edits for Farrago Magazine and is currently finishing their first novel.

Ruq Abdul Manan is a neurodivergent queer trans man who’s trained as a
linguist. Since coming to so-called Australia, Ruq has worked in farms, factories, hospitality and as a medical case manager in a workers’ compensation setting. After working as a research assistant for projects on improving educational connection for young people in custody, Ruq has started a graduate degree in law with a view to improve access to justice
for young people in custody, especially queer and trans folks from asylum
seeker and refugee background.

Brooke Murray is a theatre-maker and artist based in Naarm. Short plays include Chariot (MTC/EWF) and Pink Soap (ATYP/Griffin), published by Currency Press. Video artworks include Cutting Onions (Testing Grounds, BlackCat Gallery) and Home Inside (Darebin Arts). They recently directed Early Days by DL Turnbull, set to tour Victoria

Dr Yves Rees is a writer and historian living on Wurundjeri land. At present, they’re a Lecturer at La Trobe University and co-host of the podcast Archive Fever. Yves’ essay "Reading the Mess Backwards" was awarded the 2020 Calibre Prize and their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin.

Bron “Richo” Richardson is a Naarm-based sometimes drag performer, sometimes writer and sometimes basketball player. Full time lover of pizza (especially with pineapple), puns and cheesey jokes

Jaxson Wearing is a transgender man from Sydney, Australia. He is a holistic healthcare practitioner who runs a health and wellness centre in Sydney. He is also an educator having taught anatomy and physiology at university for over ten years. As an author he tells his story of transformation and personal growth in an effort to inspire others to do the same.

Dani Boi (Dani Weber) Dani Boi is a genderfluid dragtivist. Performing as a drag king, they explore topics of toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, and consent education through passionate lip syncs and collaborations with other queer artists.

Hosted by Kin Francis a producer working with queer, Blak and POC communities. They are creating long-term projects and are developing their writing practice as a resident artist at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Kin’s work has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Asialink and Maribyrnong City Council.

Music by Meri Leeworthy

Friday 30th April – 8pm to 10pm

Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray

8A Hyde Street, Footscray

$16/$12 (no one turned away for lack of funds – email to reserve a free ticket)

Presented by: Spilling the T Collective, a trans and gender diverse writers’ group

Media requests: Sam Elkin 0432 803 360

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