ACT Hub Forum / In The Room – The Importance of Queer Stories

The Importance of Queer Stories – A Conversation with Joel Horwood.

In conjunction with our upcoming Season 2024 show ‘Queers‘, Everyman Theatre and ACT Hub are proud to present a conversation between three queer Canberra storytellers:

  • Emma Batchelor, author of Now That I See You
  • Dylan Van Den Berg, writer of Whitefella Yella Tree
  • and Kaya Wilson, author of As Beautiful As Any Other

Join them as they discuss what queer stories are, what they mean to themselves and others, and whether in a world that only spins forward, there is still an impact in telling an unapologetically queer narrative.


Emma Batchelor is a queer writer and author from Kamberri/Canberra. Her first novel ‘Now that I see you’ was the winner of the Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Emma regularly writes on the arts, gender and sexuality, mental illness and identity and is the Chair of MARION, a centre dedicated to elevating writers and their art.

Dylan Van Den Berg is Palawa playwright and dramaturg from the northeast of lutruwita/Tasmania. Dylan’s work explores Blak identities by pivoting narratives that are already part of our national consciousness to embolden Indigenous perspectives. Dylan is currently under commission at the Canberra Street Theatre and the National Theatre of Paramatta. His play Whitefella Yella Tree premiered as part of Griffin’s 2022 season and went on to be nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama and win the NSW Premier’s Award for Playwrighting. He is a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group and with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Dylan trained as a dramaturg through the BlackWrights Program with Kamarra Bell-Wykes.

Kaya Wilson is a writer, tsunami scientist, and lover of all things ocean who somehow finds himself living in Canberra. He is all about queer lit and his first book, As Beautiful As Any Other was listed by the Guardian as one of the best books of 2021.

This forum event is FREE – arrival at 6pm as seating is general admission. Event starts at 6.30pm. 


When: 7 February 2024
Where: ACT Hub at Causeway Hall