Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories is a landmark anthology of queer young adult short stories by queer Australians.


What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #OwnVoices collection, twelve of Australia’s finest queer writers explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us.

Compelling queer short fiction by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to the #LoveOzYA community including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.


Published by Walker Books Australia

June, 20199781760651039 – Trade Paperback – ARRP $24.99


Rats by Marlee Jane Ward
In Case of Emergency, Break Glass by Erin Gough
Bitter Draught by Michael Earp
I Like Your Rotation by Jax Jacki Brown
Sweet by Claire G Coleman
Light Bulb by Nevo Zisin
Waiting by Jen Wilde
Laura Nyro at the Wedding by Christos Tsiolkas
Each City by Ellen van Neerven
An Arab Werewolf in Liverpool by Omar Sakr
Stormlines by Alison Evans
Questions to Ask Straight Relatives by Benjamin Law

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Praise for Kindred:

Beautiful, fresh and exciting, Kindred brings t together the pleasure of reading about people who share your own experience, and the delight in discovering lives, worlds and ways of being that are utterly unlike your own. It made me believe that the world is bigger, kinder and more beautiful than I’d thought possible. Kindred peels back the labels we all wear to find the people, stories and beating hearts underneath. It’s a book for everyone.”

– Lili Wilkinson, award-winning author of After the Lights Go Out and The Boundless Sublime


“Humming with life, tension and comfort – this is the book I needed when I was growing up, not only as a young, queer woman, but as a young, queer Aboriginal woman. These dozen stories don’t capture a singular queer and/or trans voice on this continent, yet they harmonise in a way that draws us in to the choir. These stories might not be all ours, but these are the stories of people we know to be our kindred. They help us dream of futures – possible or not, easy or hard – that don’t doom us.”

Alison Whittaker, Gomeroi poet and award-winning author of BLAKWORK


“This is the book I desperately wish I had been able to read when I was young, and I’m grateful it can be read by queer kids now. It is packed full of some of Australia’s best queer authors, who bring the book a wonderful range of different experiences. It will warm even the coldest of hearts.”

Rebecca Shaw (aka @Brocklesnitch), writer and comedian.



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White Raven Listing, 2020:

In [their] introduction, editor Michael Earp remarks that [their] “conviction that LGBTQIA+ youth deserve the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the literature they read…” motivated him to commission this short story anthology. Aptly named “Kindred”, this exciting compilation gathers the works of twelve authors – renowned and award-winning writers as well as interesting new discoveries – from across the spectrum of gender, sexuality, identity, and cultural background. The stories range from a haunting historical tale and a fast-paced quirky eco-activist story, to witty gritty sewer-rat tale, and a story about unrequited love. Readers will find funny and thoughtful texts, stories that feature young people of colour, First Nations teens, and disabled youth – all created on the topic of “connection”. A truly fascinating glimpse of LGBTQIA+ life in all its many variations. The appendix includes information on all the authors and suggestions for interesting websites. [CS]


White Raven listings are offered to books published globally which “deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design”.


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