Greetings Pleasure Lovers,
First of all, big thank you to sticking with us as we migrate through the new name change. Those previously on the Pleasure Salon mailing list have been automatically migrated across.
Our new web space is www.pleasureforumaustralia.wordpress.com
As always, big thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Take Care Out There, Bliss for Women, D.Vice, and Adult Match Maker for their support in making these events happen. And of course thanks to our host venue, LOOP bar!
With all the media attention currently on Erotic literature, Pleasure Forum Australia’s July gathering appears to be right on trend. We must have somehow intuitively managed to make this all happen just at the right time, despite locking this even in with local erotica publisher Little Raven, back in March!
PFA is proud to be presenting a show case of some of Australia’s finest erotica authors as Part of our JULY gathering on Tuesday July 3rd at 7.30 pm.
Artists whose work will be featured on the night are:
Urszula Dawkins has performed and published her erotic fiction over many years, in Australia, the UK and the USA. She is near completion of a limited-edition artists’ book containing lyrical tales of urban queer desire and a series of abstracted cityscapes, in collaboration with revered book artist Peter Lyssiotis.
Thomas Caldwell is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker who specialises in film criticism and educational writing on film. By day Thomas is the Shorts and Next Gen Co-ordinator at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Thomas is working on his debut novel and the occasional piece of misguided erotic fiction.
Dosh Luckwell is a spoken word/performance artist with a penchant for wearing balloon cock dresses and lathering himself in milk. His debut album Sex Poems, is a marriage of erotic spoken word with dirty electro-disco-surf-rock. Dosh won him the title of Best Emerging Artist at the 2012 Fringe World Awards.
Cherry Harwood spends her daytime working at a temporary desk in an office in the city, freelancing her writing at home or looking for other ways to make money. At night, she sleeps very little while she fantasises about making fact become fiction or how to turn fiction into fact.
Mardi O’Connor is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based writer and editor. Her (non-erotic) writing has featured in publications including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and Arena. Mardi believes erotica should contain the following elements: literary stylings, black humour and feminist gusto.
Randall Stephens combines humorous, direct and personal writing on travel, romance and masculine identity with an energetic delivery style to create a strong stage presence. The creator, organiser and MC of Sweetalkers, a monthly event for high-quality spoken-word performance, Randall also blogs new poetry at Tales Told by an Idiot.
Jack Voltaire is a Cayman Island-born author of erotica, who now resides in San Francisco. Jack identifies as an empathic, sensual, sexual sadist; a sexual adventurer who uses his experiences to inspire his work. Jack is currently working on his first full semi-fictional erotic novel.
When: Tuesday JULY 3rd
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: Readings start at 7.30
Our upcoming panels for the rest of the year are currently looking like this:
August: Sex, Pleasure and Spirituality. How Sex and Spirit Intersect
September: For the Love of Men. A celebration of Men & Sexuality for all men and those who love them.
October: Female Orgasm. What is it? How does it work? What’s the fuss? A panel discussing the Big O, for women and those who love them.
November: (TBC) Sex Work and the Sex Industry
If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share.
For those interested in taking their sexuality a step further, PFA host and coordinator Cyndi Darnell is also a qualified sex therapist and sex educator and is now taking appointments for new clients. Click here for more about Cyndi’s work and to book an appointment or schedule a workshop.
For those of you who attended our whopping Xmas party last year, you’ll remember Catherine Deveny and Daniel Burt’s hilarious contribution sharing all manner of sexy anecdotes. Catherine has teamed up with Stella Young and Nelly Thomas this weekend for an afternoon of laughs and profound conversation. More info here
Yana Alana and the Paranas
Yana Alana who closed the show with her saucy anecdotes and killer tune. Yana and a team of hand selected artists have a one –night only fund raiser which promises to be a night beyond compare. Details here.
Mama Natalia and Bohemia Cabaret Club
The divine hostess of our Xmas part Mama Natalia has teamed up with the gang from our old host venue 24 Moons to create Bohemia Cabaret Club.
Check out their ongoing schedule, and mention Pleasure Forum Australia for extra special treatment, discounts on certain events and more