Queer in the Big City
Bill Hayes + Paul Dalla Rosa + Luke Rutledge + Myles McGuire
Auditorium 2, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
The lives and loves of men are vividly rendered in these superb books, exploring the nuances of sex and self in the urban jungle. From the time-honoured tradition of the ‘palaestra addict’ to the peripatetic sexual circuit of online dating, these stories examine the relationship between body and space, and what it means to be gay in the modern age.
The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, Bill Hayes is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the author of seven books, including The Anatomist, Insomniac City, and How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic. His latest book, SWEAT: A History of Exercise, is a narrative nonfiction look at exercise from antiquity to the present. Hayes also recently completed the screenplay for a film adaptation of his memoir Insomniac City, to be produced by Brouhaha Entertainment. Hayes is a photographer as well, with credits including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. A volume of his street photography, How New York Breaks Your Heart, was published by Bloomsbury. His photographs have been exhibited at the Steven Kasher Gallery and at The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), New York City. Hayes has lectured at NYU, UCSF, and University of Virginia, and has appeared at the Sydney Writers Festival, the 92nd Street Y, the Times of India (Mumbai) LitFest, and other venues. He has served as a co-editor of his late partner Oliver Sacks’s posthumously published work, including Gratitude and The River of Consciousness. Hayes, 62, lives in New York.
Paul Dalla Rosa
Paul Dalla Rosa is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, Meanjin, and New York Tyrant.
Luke Rutledge has worked as a communications specialist since 2014. He studied journalism and professional writing, editing and publishing at the Queensland University of Technology. Before that, he studied music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he majored in classical flute. He lives in Brisbane with his fiancé and their West Highland terrier, Rufus. A Man and his Pride is his debut novel.
Myles McGuire is a writer and editor. After starting at BWF as a clown in 2022, he joined the team as Program Coordinator in 2023.
Myles’ fiction has been published in Griffith Review and been nominated for awards including the Peter Carey Short Story Award. He has provided editing and proofing services for Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and Voiceworks. In 2021 he was awarded a Master of Philosophy by QUT, where he currently teaches creative writing.