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Maureen returns to flirt
Life and loss
The late Maureen of Kings Cross was a glamorous, working-class, single woman who loved fashion and design and was an institution in the David Jones stockroom for many years. In her retirement, she led an “impossibly expensive” life, surrounded by a coterie of gay male friends.

Quick-witted, she was a famous flirt and renowned for impishly setting up bawdy jokes so she could watch her victim for a blush or a laugh in response, according to performer Jonny Hawkins, a queer man who befriended Maureen in the four years before her death in 2018 at the age of 81.

Given the focus on the global pandemic, the bushfires of summer 2019-2020 almost seem a relic of the distant past. As part of Sydney Festival 2021, Janet Laurence plans to reclaim that collective memory with Requiem in Paddington’s tranquil underground Reservoir Gardens, bringing together visual art, music, poetry, performance, literature and science reflecting on life and loss.

The Sydney artist is no stranger to these cloistered gardens, having used the space in 2016 to draw attention to the fragility of water supplies, serving water specimens at her H2O Water Bar.

Steve's essays Bent Man Running published in Growing Up Queer in Australia and Stream drama in Meanjin autumn 2020.
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