The Coast is Queer

Presented by New Writing South and the Marlborough Theatre in 2019, The Coast Is Queer is a radical new festival for Brighton featuring some of the best LGBTQ+ literature.

From 12 – 15th September 2019 at The Spire in Brighton, we brought together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing.

In 2020, the festival returned for a digital one-off at the Big Book Weekend, with Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness, hosted by Katherine Webber.

Contributors to the 2019 festival included:

Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, GimmeGimmeGimme), 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)Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand).

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Presented by New Writing South & The Marlborough Theatre


20 May 2020 - 11 October 2020

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