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.

In 2021 the Festival moves online from 5 – 7 February with confirmed speakers including Douglas Stuart, Val McDermid, Alan Hollinghurst, Valerie Mason-John, Phyll Opoko-Gyimah, Rosie Garland, Juno Dawson, Jamie Windust.

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Presented by New Writing South & Marlborough Productions


5 February 2021 - 7 February 2021

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