A little while ago we came across a very special book. One of our contributors, Lexi Keelan (you will recognise her artwork all over our site), was approached to illustrate a biography. It wasn’t your typical biography however; it was a collection of stories and experiences liberally peppered with fun illustrations. This book, Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay by Wayne Herbert, as Wayne himself describes it, is ‘a collection of shit people say’.
‘I wanted to write a book that re-framed the way people perceive others’, Wayne explained. ‘That looked at the things that people say to me as a gay person, as a person with a disability, and explore what that says about the way we as a society value diversity and our citizens. I explore the attitudes and perceptions of me but also the highlights, lowlights, difficulties and triumphs against the sense of isolation and alienation that I’ve felt in my life.’
Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? But you will have to wait until Saturday for our full interview with Wayne, but we invite you to attend the official launch on Saturday 1 April at Smiths Alternative in Canberra. Wayne will be chatting about himself and the book and will be signing copies on the day.
Saturday April 1, 3.55pm
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