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Hares & Hyenas to mark 25th anniversary with events series

Melbourne’s sexuality and gender diverse bookshop Hares & Hyenas will run a season of events from November to December to mark its 25th anniversary.

The store received Melbourne City of Literature funding to present the events. Among the program’s highlights are three nights of readings by queer writer and archivist Joan Nestle; Dennis Altman and Christos Tsiolkas in conversation about ‘queer worlds, cultural difference and the histories that have defined us’; the first showing of ‘The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez’, a play by Jackie Smith; and a fundraising party.

Hares & Hyenas first opened in South Yarra in 1991 and has since occupied several different premises in Collingwood and Fitzroy. As well as a bookshop, the current space includes a café and performance venue. In the past three years Hares & Hyenas has presented over 450 events, showcasing ‘the talent and diversity of queer and straight artists alike, dozens of literary events and hundreds of regular meetings, book group meetings and community meetings’.


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