The Coast is Queer: Brighton’s new LGBTQ+ Literature Festival, 12 -15 September 2019

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New Writing South is excited to announce a brand new festival of literature celebrating LGBTQ+ writers and writing, The Coast Is Queer will take place over a weekend in Brighton, and will include readings, discussions, performance events, workshops, and even a morning walk along the beach.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Marlborough Theatre on this festival, which takes place at The Spire, in Kemptown, East Brighton, from 12-15 September.

The Coast Is Queer is a radical new festival of LGBTQ+ voices in literature in Brighton, UK, bringing together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing. The festival’s ambition is to give a platform for LGBTQ+ work to be shared with the widest possible constituency of audiences, and to uncover new and existing LGBTQ+ writing of high quality.

There isn’t a regular high-profile festival platform for LGBTQ+ writers and literature in the UK. These writers make a phenomenal contribution to literature and publishing and yet representation and opportunities are still scarce. The Coast Is Queer is a moment to reverse this tide, to bring a focus to LGBTQ+ lives, and to celebrate the very best fiction, journalism, research, activism, performance and thinking from and about the LGBTQ+ community. There’s no better backdrop for this than a city known globally as a safe place for LGBTQ+ people, and the cornerstone of much LGBTQ+ culture, politics and activism.

Over three days the festival will present readings, workshops and masterclasses, new queer theatre performance and cabaret, short films, networking opportunities and a literary History Club. There will be opportunities to meet writers, to participate in writing workshop activities, and to buy and browse at our bookfair.

Activity will happen in and around The Spire, the magnificent Grade II listed community arts centre in East Brighton. Many events will be free or low-cost, and bursary places will be available to all ticketed events.

Confirmed speakers include: Patrick Gale (Take Nothing With You), Niven Govinden (This Brutal House), Damian Barr (Maggie & Me), Emma Frankland (None Of Us Is Yet A Robot), Fox & Owl (The Trans Teen Survival Guide), Dean Atta (Black Flamingo), C N Lester (Trans Like Me), Maria Jastrzębska (The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue), Kate Davies (In At The Deep End). Twitter

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Twitter: @CoastIQlitfest