Eda’s always considered herself a cultural ambassador for being gay, but a night out during Mardi Gras isn’t quite the promotional tour she’d hoped for.
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora. You can find her essays and creative non-fiction in Meanjin, The Sydney Review of Books and The Lifted Brow. She has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. She is currently Contributing Editor at the Sydney Review of Books, and her debut essay collection Root and Branch was published in May 2022. It’s brilliant and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I speak to, you should buy it. But first listen to this story, recorded at Riverside Theatres in Paramatta in 2022.