Brow Talks, our free public intimate talks series featuring sharp thinkers speaking on unusual topics of public and creative interest, is back for its fourth year, and back again at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
As in previous years, Brow Talks is a partnership between The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab. It will take place across three days at the State Library of Victoria.
On these three days, this year’s perceptive and brilliant guest speakers Oliver Reeson, Peter Polites and Nicky Minus will share intimately on their chosen respective topics: transmasculinity; queer conservatives; and the potential extinction of all humanity. Talks will go for about 30-40 minutes, and there may be time for audience questions at the conclusion of each talk.
You could attend one, two or three talks – all for free.
We are so excited to join you all for three fantastic days of Brow Talks!
Sat 31 August, 3pm
Undergoing a gender transition inevitably changes the way you relate to yourself, but it also changes how the people surrounding you relate to you as well. A transmasculine person must approach toxic masculinity from a new position, confronting new privileges and pressures, and navigating a new mode of being in the world. Join non-binary writer Oliver Reeson as they discuss what it can feel like when you start to look like your oppressors.
Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. They are one of the co-creators and writers of the SBS web series, Homecoming Queens.
Sun 1 September, 3pm
Gay conservatives can wound queer communities in a way that their hetero counterparts can’t get away with. Novelist Peter Polites examines some of today’s most prominent examples of this very specific kind of ideological warrior, asking: what motivates a person to speak out against their personal identity, and how does this move them closer to power?
Peter Polites is a novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel is The Pillars, a satire of gay aspirations.
Sun 8 September, 3pm
Every generation in history has dealt with uncertain futures, but today humans face a situation of a kind not experienced on this planet in over sixty-six million years: potential societal collapse and even extinction due to climate change. So what good is making creative work when everything and everyone might be gone soon? Activist, cartoonist, and doomsayer Nicky Minus talks about how art and writing can be a way to fight for a better future.
Nicky Minus is currently a recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant for their debut graphic novel Capitalism Makes Me Sick, which is set to be published by Brow Books in 2020. They are active within the union movement collaborating on graphics, banners and workshops to support workers.
Can’t wait to see you there!