Author: Keith Paulusse
The early 1980s witnessed the rise of a devastating disease that would kill millions worldwide, including thousands of young gay men: what would become known as the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In those dark days, Keith Paulusse transformed his South Yarra flower shop, Big Bunches, into a pioneering refuge and community for young gay men, their loved ones and families. Paulusse promised his friends that their journeys would not soon be forgotten. Big Bunches at the Jam Factory is their tale, a chronicle of the personalities and events that made Big Bunches a vibrant hub of community activism, spirit, and perseverance. It is also a tale of Paulusse’s own travels, both physically and emotionally, from San Francisco in the heady days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, to the bedsides of dying friends back in Melbourne.
Keith Paulusse is a writer and former entrepreneur and publisher, with a background in social psychology. Paulusse’s passion lies in social justice and helping disadvantaged Australians. For the past nine years, he has operated a tuition-free School of Languages, an English language course for migrant learners, including refugees and international students. In 2015, Paulusse published his first book, Vertrek, which catalogued the journey of his and other Dutch families in postwar Australia. Paulusse currently resides in a quiet coastal town in Victoria.