Queerstories 2020 is a special series of the Queerstories podcast recorded during the lockdown months of 2020, featuring LGBTQI+ storytellers reflecting on the events of the year.
These stories are about connection to culture and community, how that was impacted by the pandemic and lockdowns, and about the very specific connection that comes through desire.
Atul Joshi has had short fiction published in The Big Issue’s 2018 Fiction Edition, Seizure Online Australia and Ricepaper Magazine Canada, as well as non-fiction in the Sydney Review of Books, The Big Issue, and Benjamin Law’s Growing up Queer in Australia. Born in Myanmar of Indian parents, Atul migrated to Australia as a child in 1971. A former classical musician, he lives in NSW’s Southern Highlands and works at Bundanon Trust in the Shoalhaven. He has just completed his Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS.
Sarah Asumadu (Sledge) is a writer and poet. As the mixed-race child of a Ghanaian father and white mother, much of Sarah’s writing is themed around her relationship to blackness and navigating this as a queer Black femme living in the diaspora. Sarah has written and performed with the Floating Key collective produced by China Aleisse at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and she has also contributed to the ‘Where Are You From?’ project curated by Sabina McKenna and exhibited at Blak Dot Gallery. Most recently, her work has been published by FOLK Magazine. Alongside writing, Sarah works for a social enterprise addressing the issues of bullying and prejudice within schools across the country.