Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Project

Supporting growth and sustainability of trans and gender diverse peer support across Victoria. Supported by the Victorian Government.

Spilling the T Collective


Spilling the T Collective is a trans and gender diverse peer support writers collective. Our facilitators connect emerging writers with their community across Australia. Our group meets fortnightly to provide peer support, feedback and mentoring as we workshop new pieces and share ideas.

Recent Updates

We had an amazing response to our first round of the Spilling the T Collective, with over 30 people joining weekly zoom meetings over our 7-week program. Our guest speakers included:

Thomas Page McBee is a US author, film and TV writer, reporter, and “questioner of masculinity” (New York Times). His Lambda award-winning debut memoir, Man Alive, was named a best book of the year by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Teddy Cook is a political writer and manager of trans and gender diverse health equity at ACON, Australia’s largest HIV and sexuality and gender diverse health organisation

Rae White is a non-binary transgender poet, writer and zinester. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Ellen Van Neervan is an award-winning writer, editor and educator of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage with strong ancestral ties to south east queensland.

Krishna Istha is renowned internationally for work that looks at transformations, gender politics and queer culture using subversive text, cabaret and comedy.

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh writer, editor, and curator. They have been published by Overland, Artlink, Next Wave, and NITV and are one of Un Magazine‘s co-editors from 2018 to 2019.

Sparrow Katekar is a graphic designer from Newcastle, Australia.

Our next cohort of writers’ workshops are currently underway, and we’re hard at work creating our debut anthology of Australian trans and gender diverse writing. This anthology will be edited by Cal Andrews, Sam Elkin, Yves Rees and Bobuq Sayed. We’re accepting fiction, non-fiction, comics and graphic art submissions from the general public until Sunday 20th December 2020 for consideration for publication in the anthology.

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More about the SPARK Facilitator

"Hi, I’m Sam, and I am one of the facilitators of Transgender Victoria’s SPARK Peer Support program.

I’ve had a pretty frenetic few years after beginning to medically affirm my gender in 2016. Until recently I worked as the Coordinating Lawyer of the LGBTIQ Legal Service. In 2019 I set up the Roberta Perkins Law Project, a community law partnership between St Kilda Legal Service and Transgender Victoria to help our community with everyday legal problems like renters rights and change of name issues. We ran the first ever Change Your ID Day event that year to help trans and gender diverse Victorians change their ID in a safe and inclusive environment.

My partner and I produced the radio show Transgender Warriors, a long-form interview series that aims to capture the social history of our community. This year we also produced Transdemic: Trans and Gender Diverse Experiences of the Pandemic. This show recently got shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 GLOBE Community Awards for Outstanding LGBTIQ Media reporting, which we are really chuffed about. I am also part of the Spilling the T Collective, a trans and gender diverse writers’ group that meets online to share and workshop new writing. We're working on publishing our debut anthology in 2021.

We launched the Melbourne Fringe event Let Me Get Something off My Chest, which featured a whole bunch of trans and gender diverse storytellers. I hope to run a number one of these next year for Midsumma.

All these projects have given me the opportunity to connect with the trans and gender diverse community and witness our collective creativity, resilience and humour in the face of adversity. I really love working on projects that showcase our unique life stories and outlooks, and I am excited about continuing to collaborate with our community on creative projects in 2021."

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