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Queer Writes Sessions (QWS) Podcast.

A Words and Nerds Podcast spin off series, hosted by Rob (aka author R.W.R. McDonald) and in partnership with us here at Blarney. It is enormously important to us to show our active support for the rainbow community, especially in the light of the current political climate.

Each month QWS Podcast will interview a LGBTIQA+-identifying writer, as well as review and shout out books and authors from our rainbow communities.

You can listen to each episode via Words and Nerds. You can find more information on Rob and his books, and links to much more, at his website

QWS Podcast is recorded on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people.
We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

The first episode in this new series - featuring the great Australian novelist, Nigel Featherstone, can be found at the following link:

QWS Podcast S1E1 – Nigel Featherstone

Books mentioned in this interview

Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone

My Heart is a Little Wild Heart
       by Nigel Featherstone

Cloud Street by Tim Winton


Nigel Featherstone’s Shout Outs:

The End of Eddy by Edward Louis

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Pillars by Peter Polites

You can also read more about Nigel and his work at his website here.


Queer Writes was founded in 2021 and these were our first two episodies, which were recorded as video for Youtube.

Queer Writes Sessions, in partnership with Blarney Books & Art, is a project brought to us by the fabulous RWR McDonald (author of The Nancys) with the express goals of aiding visibility and celebrating LGBTQIA+ Australian and New Zealandian authors and writers, with a focus on intersectionality, particularly BIPOC and trans authors. We will be presenting a series of conversations between queer writers about books, writing and what fuels their imaginations.


Our inaugural session features
Lil O'Brien and the legendary Renee!

(Click the link below.)


Our second session features
Alison Evans & Nevo Zisin.

(Click the link below.)

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