A new festival of LGBTQ+ voices in literature in Brighton, The Coast Is Queer brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers on Thurs 12 – Sun 15 Sept. It’s a weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing.
LGBTQ+ writers make a phenomenal contribution to literature and publishing and yet representation and opportunities are still scarce. The Coast Is Queer is set to bring a focus to LGBTQ+ lives and to celebrate high calibre fiction, journalism, research, activism, performance and thinking from and about the LGBTQ+ community. Brighton is an ideal location – a city widely known as a safe place for LGBTQ+ people and the cornerstone of much LGBTQ+ culture and activism.
Over a long weekend in mid-September The Spire, a magnificent Grade II listed community arts centre in East Brighton. will host talks, workshops and performances, literary cabaret and a literary History Club. There will be opportunities to meet writers, participate in writing workshop activities and to buy and browse at the festival’s bookstall, run by Brighton & Hove’s largest independent bookshop, City Books.
Confirmed speakers include:
Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Gimme Gimme Gimme), Juno Dawson (This Book Is Gay, Margot & Me), Patrick Gale (Take Nothing With You, Notes From An Exhibition), Eley Williams (Attrib. And Other Stories) , Niven Govinden (This Brutal House), Lesley Thomson (The Playground Murders, The Detective’s Daughter) Emma Frankland (None Of Us Is Yet A Robot), Owl & Fox Fisher (The Trans Teen Survival Guide), Seni Seneviratne (Unknown Soldier), Kate Davies (In At The Deep End), Dean Atta (Black Flamingo), C N Lester (Trans Like Me), Maria Jastrzębska (The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue), Sea Sharp (The Swagger of Dorothy Gale and Other Filthy Ways To Strut), Sharan Dhaliwal (Editor, Burnt Roti), Ella Otomewo and Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand).
The festival is a collaboration between New Writing South and the Marlborough Theatre, and is funded by Consortium.
The Coast Is Queer comes to The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5JN on Thurs 12 Sept 2019