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July Gathering: Erotica

Posted in comedy, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, gender, kink / BDSM, Orgasm, queer, relationships, special interest, tantra / spirituality / ritual, trans, Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Pleasure Forum Australia’s proud association with Melbourne publishers Little Raven brings you July’s gathering showcasing some of Australia’s best Erotica authors in a night of passion, intensity and absolute hilarity. Erotica has never been hotter, sexier or more hilarious! Hosted by Cyndi Darnell, this event will provide the antidote to your midwinter blues and inspire you to reach for a hot toddy or even a hot Teddy!

 Contributing Writers / Speakers

Little Raven publishers is a publisher of erotic fiction, established in 2011. In November last year Little Raven released the anthology of erotic fiction and host regular events and writing workshops.
  • Van Roberts, director of Little Raven publishing will be head-lining this event and available for discussion about submissions to future anthologies. We’ll find out what Van’s inspirations are and what Little Raven’s history is along with future directions for Little Raven’s vision.
  • KL Joy has been around the traps, in the traps and over the traps of BDSM for a number of years now. Having watched from the sidelines (an avid voyeur) and been a participant on both sides of the crop (and Switch!) she learned her stuff first hand and was never afraid to ‘go there’ in the name of research. Her first book Catalyst: Stories of Awakening was self published in 2009 but 2012 was the year it took off with a bang! Now published under US publisher Storm Moon Press, she has just released her second novel Desire: Stories of Secret Longing.
  • Dosh Luckwell is a sex poet and theatre maker. Over the past couple of years Dosh has created a spoken/word music album (Sex Poems), a debut one-man show (Mr Femme Fatale), a poetry/art installation (Sex Poetry Booth) and an outrageous theatre show set in a shop window (Iron Man). Dosh was awarded the title of WA Best Emerging Artist at the 2012 Fringe World awards for Mr Femme Fatale. Dosh has also received, to date, the Best Live Art award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe for his ability to relentlessly outpour on the spot ‘sex poetry’ at the Sex Poetry Booth. As a whole, Dosh’s practice actively connects poetry and erotica with music, theatre and installation.
  • Aimee Nichols is an erotica writer and co-founder of Va Va Boombah, Melbourne’s first plus-sized burlesque revue. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 6First Timers: True Stories of Lesbian AwakeningSixteen of the BestGot a Minute? Sixty Second EroticaUltimate Lesbian Erotica 2006 and Best Lesbian Erotica 2001 and Little Raven One.
  • 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. Randall has toured around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and competed in poetry slams in New York and London, and been broadcast on RRR and 3CR in Melbourne.
  • Paige Elliot Phoenix is a musician, singer-songwriter, psychotherapist, transactivist, writer and public educator. Paige was in the final six for over 25s on The X Factor, he was the first out transsexual contestant to ever appear on the show.
  • Talia Eilon is a writer and editor; tonight she is reading a story by Ankur van der Woude.  (pronounced ‘wowde’)

When: Tuesday July 9. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

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News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please emailpleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Female Ejaculation,

Orgasm

and G Spot


When Cyndi isn’t running Pleasure Forum Australia she is planning and running seminars designed to facilitate greater agency among adults to kick start their sexual and erotic potential. The first in a series of four coming up between July and October 2013 is on Female Ejaculation, Orgasm and the G Spot. Everyone Welcome.
You will learn about;

  • different perspectives on female orgasm and ejaculation
  • what the G-spot is, how to find it and what to do after you’ve found it
  • what the clitoris is & how it provides pleasure
  •  how the vagina responds before, during and after stimulation
  •  why lubrication is a girl’s best friend
  •  labia and how to love them
  • techniques & tools help ejaculation happen
  • and of course what female ejaculation is, what it looks like and how to make it happen for you.

More information can be found here  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 
Check more about Cyndi’s upcoming seminars here.

Orgasms With Spirit: *latest from Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas, long term friend and supporter of Pleasure Forum Australia is teaching a brand new four-part online class in partnership with Hay House: “Orgasms with Spirit”, beginning 17 July. She’s bringing together the most popular segments from her in-person workshops. Discover the totality of possibilities of orgasm, learn to have a breath and energy orgasm (or “Think Off”, as seen on her TLC Strange Sex episode), deepen your connection to a partner with sacred sex, and practice sex magic. An added bonus is that you don’t have to be available to listen live. You can download the course and listen at your convenience. Early bird price in effect now!

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June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Posted in academia, documentary, education, entertainment, events, queer, relationships, special events, special interest, Uncategorized on May 28, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Any sexual practice someone doesn’t like gets denounced as “unnatural”. Yet a look at nature shows that sex can be as diverse as anything humans can devise. As the great biologist JBS Haldane said “The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” Whether it is transvestism, bondage or male-male sex as a survival strategy if you can think of it there is probably an animal species that does it.

Predominantly focusing on Australian native species, this event will introduce amusing, fascinating and brain-bending sexual practices of more than a dozen species of animals. Some may provide a shock of recognition, while others are almost beyond our imagining.There will also be some discussion on what conclusions we can, and cannot, draw about human sexuality.
Note this talk is *not* about bestiality, and even the most enthusiastic animal lover might find it hard to be turned on by some of the species discussed. Hosted by Pleasure Forum Australia’s founder and creator Cyndi Darnell, this will be a night at PFA unlike any other!

image:http://australian-animals.net/

Keynote Presenter: Stephen Luntz

Stephen Luntz is a staff writer at Australasian Science magazine and has been published on ABC online, Crikey and Australia Unlimited. He is the author of Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists (CSIRO Publishing 2011).
Although his background is in physics he now writes about all fields of current Australian research, and this has led him to learn more than he ever thought possible about how Australian species reproduce. He’s found these stories are more popular at parties than the latest developments in the use of Bose-Einstein Condensate, although he can tell you about that if you like as well.
Stephen is the electoral analyst (unpaid) for the Australian Greens Victoria, and a partner at Above Quota Elections, who run internal elections for non-profit organisations. He blogs at  forensicsfossilsfruitbats.wordpress.com

When: Tuesday June 11. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please email pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Workshops for Lovers: Sex , Love & Intimacy

Cyndi Darnell, along with Dr Christopher Fox is offering a full weekend workshop in Melbourne for couples / partners wishing to deepen their connection and their intimate relationship.
Love, Sex and Intimacy is an intensive weekend workshop of 20 hours of couple’s therapy (non-residential) offered in Melbourne for couples wishing to deepen their connection and enhance their communication and intimacy. The outcome is to develop a more profoundly connected, intimate and erotic relationship with yourself and your partner. This workshop is for all couples regardless or orientation or gender.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to improve communication & identify blockages
  • Developing a greater sense of intimacy
  • Putting the spark back into a relationship
  • Learning to a fight a fair fight
  • How friction can be used as an erotic tool
  • How to energise sex
  • Exploring erotic possibilities

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Click here for more details

July Gathering

Posted in entertainment, erotica / porn, events, Uncategorized on June 22, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

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!
 JULY Gathering
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
Cost $10


 In Other News

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 pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com 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.

Friends’ Gigs
Catherine Deveny
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