Maeve Marsden: Celebrating the culture and creativity of the LGBTQI+ community, one true story at a time

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Meet independent artist, writer and theatremaker Maeve Marsden.

My work has often been described as ‘wholesome’ which I think is cool young people’s way of saying you’re in your late 30s and not very edgy but we think you’re quite charmingMaeve Marsden.

 Maeve Marsden is a writer, performer, producer and director perhaps best know as the curator and host of Queerstories, a national storytelling project with an award-winning podcast that has brought more than 300 writers to the stage at sold out events around the country, with a collection of stories Maeve edited, published by Hachette and launched at the Sydney Opera House in 2018.

Most recently, she premiered a new play, also a celebration of queer voices and storytelling, at Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney – her debut as a playwright, Blessed Union has been receiving rave reviews.

A well-respected cultural commentator, Maeve has hosted events for Sydney Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House, All About Women, Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Newcastle Writer’s Festival, Adelaide Writer’s Week, Sydney Mardi Gras and Ubud Writer’s Festival in Bali. In 2019 and 2020, Maeve curated Queer Thinking, Sydney Mardi Gras’ two-day talks and ideas festival.

As an opinion writer, essayist and critic, her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Overland, Junkee, ABC, SBS, ArtsHub, Daily Review, Archer Magazine and Audrey Journal.


Created and curated by Maeve Marsden, Queerstories is a a national LGBTQI+ storytelling project featuring a book, event series and award-winning podcast.

There’s more to being queer than coming out and getting married. Queerstories celebrates the culture and creativity of the LGBTQI+ community, one true story at a time. Vulnerable and fierce, hilarious and heartbreaking, Queerstories features both professional storytellers and emerging talent, each guest sharing the story they want to tell, but are never asked to; unexpected tales of pride, prejudice, resilience and resistance.

For more than 6 years, Queerstories events have taken place around Australia, from Sydney to Melbourne, Hobart to Shepparton, Newcastle to Brisbane, to Albury, Adelaide, Mullumbimby, Mudgee and beyond. Each event, 6 LGBTQI+ storytellers share a tale from their lives, small windows into the magnificence of the queer community, experienced live and recorded for you.


You can be a part of the audience at World Science Festival Brisbane’s special production of Queerstories on Saturday 25 March. For more information and to book tickets visit the event page.


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