Queer Practice: A Panel on Writing

6pm, September 16 2023

Good Books, 2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Pōneke Wellington

Free to attend, no registration required.

Queer Practice is a panel discussion celebrating the writing practice of local queer writers.

Chaired by comic artist, author and archivist Sam Orchard, authors Mia Farlane, Rose Lu and Chanelle Moriah will explore what, how and why they write.

Sam Orchard (Chair)

Sam Orchard is a comic artist, community practitioner, and illustrator who works on projects that celebrate difference. 

He has been drawing his auto bio web comic Rooster Tails for over ten years. The comic explores themes of mental health, fat embodiment, and trans lives. He is currently working on his first graphic novel. 

He’s been on the Samesame But Different board since 2017 and is currently the assistant curator for Cartoons and Comics at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Rose Lu

Rose Lu is a writer based in Wellington. She gained her Masters of Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2018 and was awarded the Modern Letters Prize for Creative Nonfiction. 

Her first essay collection All Who Live on Islands was published to critical acclaim in 2019. Her undergraduate degree was in Mechatronics Engineering and she has worked as a software developer since 2012.

Mia Farlane

Mia Farlane’s novel Footnotes to Sex (Viking/Penguin Books UK) was described by Bidisha as ‘Seinfeld meets Dorothy Parker’ and by Sarah Waters as ‘subtle, smart and very funny’. A

 translator/contributor in No, Love Is Not Dead (Chambers 2021), she posts bilingual reviews at Farlane on French Writers. Her story Like-Minded People won the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2022 competition (for fiction). She has an MA Writing from Middlesex University.

Chanelle Moriah

Chanelle (they/them) is the author of bestseller I Am Autistic and the recently released This is ADHD

As a late-diagnosed autistic ADHDer, with other related conditions and forms of neurodivergence, they are particularly passionate about bringing awareness to different ways in which neurodivergence can present, and being able to live your life accordingly.