Heather Faulkner's Book, "North of the Border: Stories from the A Matter of Time Project," will be featured at the Brisbane Writers Festival. As part of the festival, Faulkner will be appearing at the State Library of Queensland as a panelist for the discussion entitled, "The Right to Belong," on September 9.
Michael Burge, Heather Faulkner and David Hardy discuss the disconnection that is created in a time and place where a person’s sexual orientation dictates the rights they have in society. Should it be this hard?
Moderated by Emile McPhee
Dr Heather Faulkner is a documentary and transmedia storyteller whose action research explores the synergetic themes of identity, place and belonging. Her professional career as a photojournalist and award-winning picture editor has seen her work published broadly on an international scale. Her book, North of the Border: Stories from the A Matter of Time Project will be published by University of Western Australia Publishing in September, 2016. Faulkner convenes the Photo Media Major, Bachelor of Digital Media, at the Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast.
David Hardy's 'BOLD: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people' was published in November 2015. He loves singing with Brisbane's Pride Choir and his storytelling draws on identity and his earlier diplomatic career. In 2014 David was awarded a PhD from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Michael Burge is an Australian writer and artist who was born at Inverell in the New England region of NSW. He grew up in the Blue Mountains, lived in the United Kingdom for most of the 1990s, and now resides on Coochiemudlo Island in Queensland's Moreton Bay with his husband and their two dogs. In 2016, Michael published his non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love and a collection of short fiction Closet His, Closet Hers.
Emile is a property and finance lawyer at McCullough Robertson Lawyers. Since 2012, he has also been the Executive Director of the LGBTI Legal Service, a nonprofit, unfunded and volunteer run community legal centre providing legal advice, assistance and advocacy for the LGBTI community in Queensland – the only standalone service in Australia. In 2016, he won the Queen’s Ball ‘Activist of the Year’ award, with the LGBTI Legal Service winning ‘Community Support Group of the Year’. Emile is passionate about equality and ensuring that the law protects the rights of all Queenslanders.