Jordi Kerr

creator and curator of stories

 

Upcoming Appearances:

 
 
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EMERGING WRITERS’ FESTIVAL - 27 June 2019

IMAGINATION AS CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

If the world we are living in is largely dictated by the imaginations and blueprints of the powerful, then we must recognise that our collective ability to imagine different worlds is a precious resource for resistance. In this conversation with Claire G. Coleman and Jordi Kerr, we wonder whether imagination, particularly through the speculative genre, may be a form of civic responsibility towards our communities and future generations.

This session is part of a half-day writing intensive on Crafting a World: Speculative Fiction

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SEPTEMBER 2019

More information to come.

 

Recent appearances:

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CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA NATIONAL conference - 1 JUN 2019

VOICES FROM THE INTERSECTION: LGBTQI Writing: Authors Erin Gough, Jordi Kerr and Jessica Walton in conversation with Mark Macleod.

 
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SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL - 4 MAY 2019

REWRITING THE BODY: From Hollywood to Instagram, the myth of the ‘perfect body’ endures. But what role can fiction play in portraying those deemed outside the norm, be they characters of colour, fat, queer, living with disability or chronic illness.

Jordi Kerr speaks with three authors who rarely saw their own bodies depicted in the novels of their youth – Dhonielle Clayton, Jax Jacki Brown and Jenna Guillaume – to discuss how they’ve created inclusive stories for young adults today and the groundbreaking #OwnVoices movement.

This session is part of Sydney Writers’ Festival’s All Day YA program.


 
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Queer legacies, new solidarities - 24 Nov 2018

THE TRANSGENDER PANIC: Community and youth development in a culture of division

 
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‘Real Libraries: Reading the World’ conference - 23 Nov 2018

WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: LGBTQIA+ visibility and representation in contemporary Australian YA: Authors Alison Evans, Jordi Kerr and Jessica Walton talk with teacher librarian Nell Day about LGBTQIA+ stories in the current Australian young adult fiction landscape.

This conference is organised by the School Libraries Association of Victoria (SLAV).

 
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Artwork by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Writers Victoria - 7 Sept 2018

VOICES FROM THE INTERSECTION: Join emerging writers Jessica Walton, Rafeif Ismail and Jordi Kerr for an evening of storytelling in celebration of the new anthology, 'Meet Me at the Intersection,' hosted by Rebecca Lim.

Each writer will read from their work, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Lim, and audience Q&A.

 
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Queer: Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference - 11 Nov 2017

IT'S GETTING QUEER IN HERE: Eradicating boundaries and binaries in queer youth narratives, theory into practice. (With Zoe Birkinshaw.)

 
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DIGital Writers' Festival - 28 Oct 2017

GET YA WORDS OUT: An open discussion about AusQueerYA and the role that online platforms play in developing and supporting queer voices within the wider YA literature community. Get YA Words Out will talk about the importance of safe queer spaces online, and the complexities of writing rounded and dynamic queer characters in Young Adult fiction.

 

The Wheeler Centre - 27 Sept 2017

THE NEXT BIG THING #2: In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our second company of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows of 2017. Christopher Bryant, Koraly Dimitriadis, Elizabeth Flux, Lou Heinrich, Jordi Kerr, Tim McGuire and Mia Slater will share from the projects they’ve worked on over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.

I acknowledge the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live and work. This land was stolen, and sovereignty has never been ceded.