Heather Faulkner at the Brisbane Writers Festival

The 2016 Brisbane Writers Festival held in early September explored ideas of identity and imagination through conversation and debate, powered by the year’s best writing. Across the program, the festival investigated connection and belonging and examined how the reading journey has helped us define our shared identity.

GCCAR member Dr Heather Faulkner, along with Michael Burge and David Hardy presented The Right to Belong, a discussion on the disconnection that is created in a time and place where a person’s sexual orientation dictates the rights they have in society. The discussion was moderated by Emile McPhee, presented by McCullough Robertson and listed as a highlight of this years festival.

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 was published by University of Western Australia Publishing in September 2016.

Since the end of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen State government, conditions for LGBTIQ identified Queenslanders have improved but remain a tenuous arrangement. As the struggle for rights continues, North of the Border uses documentary photography and first person narratives to tell the intimate stories of eight lesbians who found themselves existing outside of the ‘norm’, and how that experience informs how they identify as Queenslanders today.

Heather Faulkner convenes the Photo Media Major, Bachelor of Digital Media, at the Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast.