Queerstories

In the interests of full disclosure, I should acknowledge that the host of the Queerstories storytelling nights, Maeve Marsden, is a good friend. I should also acknowledge that I would treasure and delight in the podcasts that come out of those storytelling nights even if Maeve were a sworn enemy with whom my family had a long-standing blood feud (I say this in the knowledge that it would be impossible for anyone to maintain a blood feud with anyone so sweet, charming and fucking hilarious as Maeve, so I have the luxury of never having to test that idea).

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Queerstories podcasts are as unpredictable and diverse as its guests, who include national treasures like writer Benjamin Law, SBS presenter Patrick Abboud, and writer Rebecca Shaw (who is also a personal friend, and someone who only has blood feuds with conservative Queensland MPs). I should've learned my lesson by now, but I still make the mistake of listening to Queerstories on public transport, and find myself having to choke back tears on a peak-hour train (if your face isn't a salty waterfall during and after Patrick's story of brotherly love, self-acceptance and powerful friendship, please see a doctor to have your heart plugged back in). Some are devastatingly funny (Bec's proposal of straight-woman conversion therapy will have you howling with laughter), while the wisdom and emotional self-knowledge in pieces by Liz Duck-Chong and Jax Jacki Brown will get that salty waterfall flowing all over again.

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So, don't listen in public unless you're very comfortable with strangers watching you weep, but absolutely do listen.

Book tickets for Queerstories, a monthly storytelling show at Giant Dwarf in Sydney, here