Set in sunny Brisbane, Henry Hamlet’s Heart is a sparkling queer romance that follows one guy and his sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking journey to love.

Join Rhiannon and Professor Heather Zwicker for a lazy lunchtime chat about queer perspectives, the writing process, getting published and all things ‘Henry’. This event is part of the UQ Bloom Festival.

About Henry Hamlet’s Heart

Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semester of year twelve and all he’s sure of is his uncanny ability to make situations awkward. Luckily, he can always hide behind his enigmatic best friend, Len. They’ve been friends since forever, but where Len is mysterious, Henry is clumsy; where Len is a heart-throb, Henry is a neurotic mess. Somehow it’s always worked.

That is, until Henry falls. Hard. For the last person he imagined.

From an exciting debut author comes this passionate story of growing up, letting go, and learning how to love.

Henry Hamlet’s Heart?! What about my heart?! This book filled it to the brim, broke it and then pieced it back together again. I found myself smiling so hard my cheeks hurt, crying like a baby, giggling like a teenager and cheering like a lunatic. It’s charming, sweet, nostalgic and utterly consuming. The exact book I wish I’d had when I was young. What a beautiful read.’’ Shannon Molloy

About Rhiannon Wilde

Rhiannon Wilde has been telling stories for as long as she can remember – inside her head, as well as through working as a journalist, terrible barista, and high school English teacher in Brisbane’s inner north. Rhiannon’s particular interests are caffeine, characters both real and imaginary, and the power of well-strung words to challenge and change us. Henry Hamlet’s Heart is her first novel, and won the Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer in 2019.

About Professor Heather Zwicker

Professor Zwicker is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland.


Date: Wednesday 27 October

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Venue: UQ Art Museum Lawn

Price: Free but registration is essential

About BLOOM Festival

Join us as we celebrate BLOOM Festival for the fifth year in a row, from 15 - 30 October 2022. Enjoy workshops, events, celebrations and exhibits in the midst of Jacaranda season.

Official BLOOM website          Full BLOOM program


The University of Queensland Art Museum, University Drive, UQ St Lucia