Last year almost 80 per cent of the population had its say on the rights of queer Australians. Commonsense ultimately won out and marriage equality was passed; but the dehumanising debate that preceded this victory has been hard to forget. Today, on the first anniversary of the announcement of the result of the controversial 2017 Australian Marriage Postal Survey, Brow Books is proud to publish Going Postal: More than 'Yes' or 'No'.Edited by Quinn Eades and Son Vivienne, Going Postal collects the writing, poetry and illustrations of those on the front lines of the marriage equality debate. It reminds us just how traumatic and far-reaching the impacts of the survey were and still are, and foregrounds lesser-known and non-mainstream viewpoints. As the editors say, this book is “a counter-archive, one that consciously amplifies some of the voices that were drowned out by dominant campaigns, including those that questioned the value of marriage as a patriarchal institution or resisted the ‘we are just like you’ discourses that obscured complex families and queer ways of loving.”
You can order Going Postal below or find it at any of our stockists. You can also pick it up from one of our events around Australia.
On the back of some excellent readings and conversations in Melbourne and Canberra, we are continuing to host events for Going Postal around the country. Check out the list below and come along if we're in your neck of the woods.
’Letting kids be kids’. A special Going Postal family-focused launch event with readings, live music and food at Hares & Hyenas bookstore
Friday 30th November, 5:30pm (6pm start), 8pm finish.
Free, all ages welcome
Sydney launch of Going Postal with readings, and a special DJ set at The Imperial Hotel
Sunday 9th December, 3-6pm.
Tasmanian launch of Going Postal with a speech by Louise Richardson-Self, plus contributor readings at the Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania
Thursday 15th November, 6-7:30pm
Free, registration recommended
Perth launch of Going Postal at the ‘Digitial Intimacies’ symposium at Curtin University
Thursday 6th December, 5:30pm
About the Contributors
Going Postal features the following talented writers, artists and poets (in alphabetical order): Dennis Altman, Timmah Ball, Stuart Barnes, Kiri Bear, Roz Bellamy, Behrouz Boochani, Morgan Carpenter, Jessica Cohen, Simon Copland, Carolyn D’Cruz, Ann Deslandes, Quinn Eades, Susanne Ferwerda, Sam Flynn, Cee Frances, Eden S French, Fury, Nayuka Gorrie, Sarah Hart, Judy Horacek, Erin Hortle, Tilly Houghton, Cynthia Huang, Simon Hunt, Jess Ison, Jamie James, Rebecca Jessen, Heather Grace Jones, Timothy Jones, Fiona Kelly, Kochava Lilit, Nina Lord, Felicity Marlowe, Fiona McGregor, Amy Middleton, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Joni Nelson, Jennifer Power, Hannah Robert, Candy Royalle, Omar J Sakr, Chloe Sargeant, Edie Shepherd, Son Vivienne, Briohny Walker, Kelly Walker, Kaya Wilson, and Roxanne Wilson.
About the editors
Quinn Eades is a Tracey Banivanua Mar Research Fellow and Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University. A writer, researcher, gutter philosopher and poet, his book Rallying was awarded the 2018 Mary Gilmore Award for best first book of poetry. Quinn is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body , and he recently published a co-edited volume of life-writing, poetry, and scholarship titled Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice . When he’s not working, Quinn is hanging with his kids, cuddling his pups, and watching reruns of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or drag makeup tutorials on youtube.
Son Vivienne is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Creative Agency@RMIT and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. Their principal expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference. Son is also involved in community development and arts as an activist, workshop facilitator and media-maker. Son is author of Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics and co-author/co-editor of Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture
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i just found the first book i am ACTUALLY IN in a REAL LIFE BOOK STORE you guys, what a MOMENT!!! i’m glad it was at my favourite bookstore @betterreadbookshop!! i am EMOTIONAL so yeah anyway i have two stories in ‘going postal: more than yes or no’ so buy it if you want ty
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My fiancee Joni is in this collection! It is all things that were published during the postal survey. It was not a fun time for me so I don't think I can read the collection right now but I'm really glad it exists, and I'm so proud of her!!! 😍 . . I'm going to start doing this thing where I say where I got books from, because I know a lot of ppl can't afford them and I'd like to be transparent and also maybe make people feel a little better about their situations. I got this for free because Joni is a contributor, so this is her contributor copy that was mailed to us. . . . . . . . #queer #queerbooks #anthology #auspol #auspol #book #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #reading #amreading
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Got my copy of GOING POSTAL today, a collection of writing about the marriage equality survey we were all put through last year. This is a beautiful book, brought into the world by Quinn Eades and Son Vivienne by way of @brow_books and I'm proud to have an essay and poem in here. Cannot wait to read this anthology cover to beautiful cover. #GoingPostal #lgbtq #marriageequality
It’s arrived! This incredible collection is a beautiful read of a time I never want to repeat but am so glad to have seen written into life by so many powerful writers. Am so proud of @quinn_writes❤️ @Brow_Books @sonvivienne #GoingPostal pic.twitter.com/U7osUlGgxY— Felicity Marlowe (@FelicityMarlowe) November 5, 2018