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Subbed In books launch: Birraranga (Melbourne)

  • Hare Hole (Hares & Hyenas) 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

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If you’re sexy and you know it save the date! Subbed In is launching six new books and relaunching three more.

Join us at Hare Hole (inside Hares & Hyenas bookshop) for an evening of readings by:

Join us for an evening of readings by:
Eloise Grills
Jennifer Nguyen
Heather Joan
Sumudu Samarawickrama
Mira Schlosberg
Adalya Nash Hussein
Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

Celebrate the launch and relaunch of these literarararary golden nuggets:

💥 If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams, by Eloise Grills

💥 HAUNT (THE KOOLIE), by Jason Gray

💥 blur by the, by Cham Zhi Yi

💥 The Hostage, by Šime Knežević

💥 When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon, by Jennifer Nguyen

💥 wheeze, by Marcus Whale

💥 Parenthetical Bodies, by Allison Gallagher (relaunch)

💥 Girls and Buoyant, by Emily Crocker (relaunch)

💥 The Naming, by Aisyah Shah Idil (relaunch)

All books will be available to buy on the night. Cash and card accepted.

Books are also available here: and in all good bookstores. If they don’t stock it, request it!

Subbed In takes place on the stolen land and waterways of the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders, past and present. This land was never ceded, sold, or given up. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

When: Saturday 24 August, 7-9pm

Where: Hare Hole (at Hares & Hyenas bookshop), 763 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

How much: Free

Access: Hares & Hyenas is fully wheelchair-accessible with an accessible toilet.

Drinks and food available.

About Subbed In: Subbed In is a DIY literary organisation and small publisher. Subbed In provides a platform to amplify underrepresented voices, facilitating grassroots support for marginalised voices and writers alienated by the literararararary establishment.

About Hares & Hyenas: Melbourne’s only queer and sexuality bookshop and cafe by day, and by night the Hare Hole is a live performance venue for all.

Artist bios

Eloise Grills - If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams

Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist and poet living in Melbourne, but like all esteemed Melbourne writers they are actually from Geelong. Their writing and art have appeared in places like The Lifted Brow, Cosmonauts Avenue, Meanjin, and Cordite, among others. Their graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in 2018. They are currently working on their first memoir about big fat sexy bodies. This is their first collection of poetry.

Jennifer Nguyen - When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon

Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese–Australian writer, poet and editor. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in Ibis House, Scum Mag, The Lifted Brow (online), Rabbit, and Lor Journal, among others. Jennifer has performed writing at West Writers Forum and Melbourne Writers Festival. She edits fiction for Rambutan Literary, is an editorial mentee at Djed Press and was previously a creative producer at Emerging Writers’ Festival. Jennifer is a member of West Writers Group based at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twitter @jennguyennifer

Heather Joan

Heather Joan is a comedienne, goth-pop-bop-maker, and former poet. Her work explores queer sexuality, liminal identity, goth aesthetics, and noughties pop culture. She lives with her witch wife and their feline daughters on Wurundjeri land and can be found online. Read her story “Androphobia” in Black Inc’s anthology, Growing Up Queer in Australia.

Sumudu Samarawickrama

Sumudu Samarawickrama has work in Boston Review and The Lifted Brow; is part of FCAC’s West Writer's Group. Her chapbook Utter the Thing (2018) is available from Vagabond Press. @olaf78

Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a Punjabi-Australian writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Liminal, and Going Down Swinging (among others). She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, and an Emerging Writers' Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence. She is an Online Editor of The Lifted Brow and a nonfiction editor for Voiceworks.

Mira Schlosberg

Mira Schlosberg is a writer, comics artist and editor whose work focuses on spirituality, ecology, lesbianism and pop music. Her comic book, Guidebook to Queer Jewish Spirituality, is available through Glom Press.

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle is from Auckland, New Zealand and currently lives in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in publications such as CorditeFanzine, and Best NZ Poems. She is the author of Autobiography of a Marguerite (Hue & Cry Press, 2014). Instagram @zarahbm

Marcus Whale - wheeze

Marcus Whale is a musician and artist working on Gadigal land. He has made music as part of groups Collarbones and BV, as well as work under his own name, releasing the album Inland Sea in 2016. As a performer in a visual art context, his works are mostly produced in collaboration with other artists including Athena Thebus and Eugene Choi. These works mine mythologies of longing and shame, often appropriating the high drama of religious ritual. Forming a companion to this performance work, he has a writing practice across poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Allison Gallagher - Parenthetical Bodies

Allison Gallagher is a writer whose work primarily explores queerness and transgressive bodies. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Overland and Kill Your Darlings, among others. Her first poetry collection, Parenthetical Bodies, was released in 2017 through Subbed In, and she is currently working on its follow-up.


Jason Gray is a Mauritian-Australian writer who writes about youth, being Xennial/Millennial, being bi-cultural, a Person of Colour, of forms of media, toxic/White patriarchal and restorative/progressive masculinity, displacement, suburbia and home and staying kind in this late (anti-)capitalist hellscape. Twitter @jasongray85

Zhi Yi Cham - blur by the

Zhi is a Malaysian woman currently based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country which now exists as the esoteric wormhole known as Canberra. She is a believer of deep joy mediocrity and aspires to full time tenderness. She is best digitised on instagram @chamzhiyi.

Šime Knežević - The Hostage

Šime Knežević is a writer and artist. His poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies and zines in Australia, UK and Europe.

Emily Crocker - Girls and Buoyant

Emily Crocker writes and performs poetry. You might have seen her at BAD!SLAM!, Noted Festival, Unspoken Words, or Word in Hand. Emily can also be found at Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong or studying at the University of Wollongong.

Aisyah Shah Idil - The Naming

Aisyah Shah Idil is an Australian writer and poet. Her work has been featured in the Islamic Museum of Australia, Language on the Move, Love Haqtually, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Digging Deep Facing Self International anthology. The Naming is her first book.

Community: This is a safer spaces event and as such there is zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour of any kind.

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