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Bastian Fox Phelan

Bastian Fox Phelan is a writer, musician and zine maker living in Mulubinba Newcastle on Awabakal land. Their zines, including cult classics Ladybeard and How to Be Alone, are held in collections around the world, and they have worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and National Young Writers’ Festival on major zine fair events. Bastian’s writing has been published in journals including Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Archer and The Lifted Brow, and they make music as part of dream-pop duo Moonsign. How to Be Between is their first book.


How to Be Between

Bastian Fox Phelan

320 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published May 2022
ISBN 9781925818987

An exploration of youthful anxiety, medical discourse and shifting identities by a writer, musician and zine maker, Bastian Fox Phelan’s memoir shines a light on what it means to find joy, resilience and radical self-acceptance in a body that refuses to fit within gender binaries.