In this podcast I interview Harry Cook, an award-winning actor, writer and LGBTQI activist whose latest novel, Fin & Rye & Fireflies, has just been released.
I reviewed Fin & Rye & Fireflies over here but you can also gauge my reaction from the podcast , which is at the top of this post and on all good podcasting platforms.
Harry’s bio on his website says:
Harry is an award winning actor, writer and LGBTQI+ activist.
Some highlights of his career so far include starring opposite Academy Award winner Geena Davis as her on-screen son in acclaimed film Accidents Happen, starring alongside Peter Phelps and Ben Oxenbould as Archie Cox in cult thriller Caught Inside, working alongside Sam Neil and Bryan Brown in ABC TV Series Old School, and recently winning the Best Supporting Actor award at the prestigious FilmOut San Diego Film Festival for his role in feature film Drown.
Harry will also appear in the upcoming 2019 TV Series Diary of an Uber Driver on ABC.
His theatre work includes playing Banquo in Macbeth, the lead role of Tom in the Australian premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s groundbreaking play Citizenship at Studio 1 at The Wharf in Sydney. Harry also played Mark Cohen in Sydney’s limited season of the Broadway smash hit RENT, and Duncan Brookes in Russetts at the International Playwright Festival in Cambridge, England.
Harry also was part of the Playlist 2018 & 2019 readings directed by Kate Gaul.
His writing work includes contributions to The Huffington Post, The Big Smoke and The Guardian and his debut memoir, Pink Ink, was released by Finch/Harper Collins in September 2018 to rave reviews.
His young adult fiction novel: Fin & Rye & Fireflies is due for release in Spring 2020 worldwide as the first LGBTQI+ themed novel from Black and White Publishing’s YA imprint Ink Road.
Please tell us about your book
Why is representation important?
In your novel, you talk about re-education camps. Please tell us a bit about them.
The re-education camp in your novel felt like you toned it down for a young adult audience while trying to also flag a genuine threat. This reminded me of Wendy Orr toning down a broken neck when she wrote the YA novel Peeling the Onion. How do you balance expectations with getting a message across?
Do we actually have fireflies in Australia? I thought they were an American phenomena.
You were an actor before you became an author; how has that impacted your publishing career?
Do you have any funny stories you’d like to share?
Googling you, there are a lot of websites discussing you coming out as gay. How do you feel about being gay making headlines?
You were an activist in the same sex marriage referendum. Would you like to tell us a bit about that?
With the govt trying to legislate bigotry in other areas, what is the Queer community doing to ensure we don’t slide back into the Dark Ages?
Do you think cis-het people should have an official coming out too? Perhaps Israel Folau could have a coming out to officially explain and apologise for his bigotry?