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Mon, 01 July


The Vanguard

Dylin Hardcastle in-conversation with Zoe Terakes

Join us with Dylin Hardcastle to celebrate the release of A Language of Limbs! Dylin will be joined by Zoe Terakes.

Dylin Hardcastle in-conversation with Zoe Terakes
Dylin Hardcastle in-conversation with Zoe Terakes

Time & Location

01 July 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Vanguard, 42 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start! 

Purchase a Book + Ticket combo to receive a raffle ticket on arrival, for a chance to win an original artwork by Dylin (pictured above).

The first love of a teenage girl is a powerful thing, particularly when the object of that desire is her best friend, also a girl. It's the kind of power that could implode a family, a friendship, a life. On a quiet summer night in Newcastle, 1972, a choice must be made: to act upon these desires, or suppress them? To live an openly queer life, or to try desperately not to?  Over the following three decades, two lives almost intersect in pivotal moments, the distance between them at times drawing so thin they nearly collide. Against the backdrop of an era including Australia's first Mardi Gras and the AIDS pandemic, we see these two lives ebb and flow, with joy and grief and loss and desire, until at last they come together in the most beautiful and surprising of ways.  A Language of Limbs is about love and how it's policed, friendship and how it transcends, and hilarity in the face of heartbreak. An unashamed celebration of queer life in all its vibrancy and colour, this story finds the humanity in all of us, and demands we claim our futures for ourselves.

Dylin Hardcastle is an author, artist and screenwriter. They are the author of three critically acclaimed books. Their first adult novel, Below Deck, was published in ten territories. Dylin is the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of the TV show Cloudy River. In 2018, they were a Provost's Scholar and a research assistant in World Literature at the University of Oxford. Dylin is currently completing their PhD in Creative Writing. Dylin has travelled to Antarctica, South America and Europe for artist residencies, and has exhibited their paintings widely across Australia and the UK. A Language of Limbs has been optioned and is in development with Curio (Sony Pictures).

Zoe Terakes is an actor and activist best known for roles in Wentworth, Nine Perfect Strangers and Ellie and Abbie. Zoe starred in the latest seasons of Wentworth as transgender inmate 'Reb Keane.' Zoe has been in several theatre productions, receiving two Sydney Theatre Awards and a Helpmann nomination. Zoe identifies as nonbinary transmasculine, and is a vocal advocate for their community.

The Vanguard is wheelchair accessible. For any other access questions, please contact


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    Half price entry, raffle ticket + copy of A Language of Limbs




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