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"The Boy in the Dress" with Jonathan Butler

Port Fairy Literary Weekend

Event Date: 4 September 2022
Author / Presenters: Jonathan Butler, Rob (RWR) McDonald

04 Sept, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Blarney Books & Art, 37 James St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia

On a balmy Townsville night in 1944, a young serviceman, Warwick Meale, is found murdered. The army and police do not, or will not, conduct a proper investigation and history forgets the killer – until now. Nearly eighty years on, Warwick’s descendant Jonathan Butler dusts off the case and chases the leads that were there all along.

The Boy in the Dress exhumes secrets of life on the home front during World War II, where tensions between soldiers boiled over, new expressions of sexuality flourished and the threat of invasion catapulted the status quo into disarray.

Jonathan is a writer and content producer living in Naarm/Melbourne. He has been researching The Boy in the Dress for more than 10 years, a process which has ignited his passion for queer history. His work has appeared in The Guardian. His book has just been shortlisted in The Age Book of the Year awards.

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