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Two blokes get together in a small artists’ studio, on Redfern’s Little Eveleigh Street, and yarn. They’ve been doing it most weeks for more than 10 years now.

Uncle Roy Kennedy, a Wiradjuri elder and artist, is 84. Adam Douglas Hill, 48, is the son of a Dunghutti man and a mother of Irish stock. Adam is handsome with stubble and checked shirt and pork pie-style hat, with paint flicked about his rolled-up blue jeans. Uncle Roy calls him pretty boy.

He was 13 when rebel soldiers corralled him at gunpoint among a group of villagers on a soccer field after he had tried to hide under a bed. Future D. Fidel was born in Uvira on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Congo. It was there that he would fish with his friends, but it was in Kazimia, the village further south where his surviving family had relocated, that he faced death.

Fidel had dreams of becoming an engineer in the central African nation, which in Australia would turn to acting and playwriting, from which would grow his first novel, Prize Fighter.

Fifty essays and dispatches on
what it means to be gay today.

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