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Queer Practice: a panel on writing

A panel discussion celebrating the writing practice of four queer writers. Chaired by comic artist, author and archivist Sam Orchard, authors Mia Farlane, Rose Lu and Chanelle Moriah explore what, how and why they write. The event was organised by Samesame But Different - New Zealand's only LGBTQIA+ literary festival. A special thank you to the participants and organisers for allowing this event to be recorded and shared.

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  • 00:01 - Sam Orchard, facilitator
  • 03:05 - Rose Lu
  • 04:13 - Chanelle Moriah
  • 04:42 - Mia Farlane
  • 06:01 - Discussion starts
  • 27:25 - Rose Lu, reading
  • 30:52 - Chanelle Moriah, reading
  • 35:06 - Mia Farlane, reading
  • 41:05 - Discussion continues
  • 49:02 - Questions from the audience


The panel discussion featured a vibrant exchange among four queer writers: Chanelle Moriah, Mia Farlane, Rose Lu, and Sam Orchard. Organised by Samesame But Different, New Zealand's sole LGBTQIA+ literary festival, the panel delved into the intricacies of queer writing practices. The event unfolded in a lively format, opening with introductions from each writer, who shared insights into their unique writing processes, challenges, and inspirations.

Rose Lu, transitioning from software development to writing, discussed their process of internalizing ideas over months before committing to paper. Chanelle Moriah, an author and illustrator, highlighted the influence of their autism and ADHD on their writing style, which varies between meticulous planning and spontaneous creation. Mia Farlane reflected on the impact of other writers on their work and the role of their writing group in maintaining their writing discipline and receiving constructive feedback.

The panelists also explored the evolution of their writing styles. For instance, Moriah returned to shorter paragraphs to accommodate their reading preferences, influenced by their neurodivergence. Farlane discussed their methodical process, shaped by influences like Violette Leduc, and the importance of acting as if their work would be published. The conversation also touched on the challenges of publishing, particularly the pressures of meeting audience expectations and the fear of producing subpar work.

Sam Orchard, chairing the panel, steered the discussion towards overcoming writing blocks and the fear of expectations. Moriah emphasized working without pressure and trusting their process, even if it leads to discarding work. Farlane credited their writing community for providing emotional support and practical advice, underscoring the significance of sharing struggles and triumphs with peers.

The event concluded with readings from the authors, offering the audience glimpses into their published works and current projects. This session not only illuminated the diverse approaches to writing within the queer community but also highlighted the universal challenges and joys of the creative process.

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Record date:16th September 2023
Location:Good Books NZ, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).