Drag Queen Story Hour

It hasn't been possible to continue with DQSH over winter due to space constraints and COVID-19 restrictions. We'll start again really soon when the weather permits an outside story hour. If you want to be added to a mailing list to be informed when we begin again, send us an email with DQSH in the subject line: rabble@rabblebooksandgames.com.au


Craig Silvey in conversation with Lauren Butcher

7pm, Thursday 1st October

Roxy Lane Theatre

Please join Rabble Books & Games on the release of Craig Silvey's new novel Honeybee, to raise funds for Transfolk of WA and have a conversation about representation. Tickets are $20, reserve a spot here:

Cover of Honeybee by Craig Silvey, showing a young person's face lit up in blue and red


Craig Silvey will discuss his novel, the writing and research process, and how he tries to navigate responsibly telling stories about identities that are outside of his own experience. A must for writers and readers! In conversation with Lauren Butcher.

Following the discussion, there will be drinks and nibbles available, and an opportunity for Craig to sign your copy of Honeybee.

All profits from the evening will go to Transfolk of WA to help with their important support services for gender diverse individuals and their families.

Tickets are limited due to COVID-19 capacity rules, so if you buy a ticket and cannot attend, please help us out by letting us know, cancelling your ticket, or passing it to someone who can attend.

VENUE INFO: Roxy Lane Theatre is wheelchair accessible. It is a short distance from Maylands train station, which is also wheelchair accessible. There is an ACROD parking bay immediately behind the theatre, on Roxy Lane and another one in the big carpark behind the Australia Post Office. Microphones will be used. Please contact us if you have any other access requirements.


About the Book

'Find out who you are, and live that life.' Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other. Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show. At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.

About the Author

Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010. Honeybee is his third novel.


About the Moderator

Lauren Butcher is an author, folk musician and bookseller from Perth.