Coast Is Queer a new LGBT+ literature festival for Brighton & Hove

Graham Robson July 26, 2019

New LGBT+ literature festival for Brighton, from September 12-15, 2019.

Dean Atta: Photo: Hussina Raja
Dean Atta: Photo: Hussina Raja

THE Coast Is Queer is a new festival of LGBT+ voices in literature in Brighton, bringing together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing.

Juno Dawson: Photo Eivind Hansen
Juno Dawson: Photo Eivind Hansen

LGBT+ writers make a phenomenal contribution to literature and publishing and yet representation and opportunities are still scarce.

The Coast Is Queer will bring a focus to LGBT+ lives and celebrate high calibre fiction, journalism, research, activism, performance and thinking from and about the LGBT+ communities.

Brighton is an ideal location – a city widely known as a safe place for LGBT+ people and the cornerstone of much LGBT+ culture, politics and activism.

Over a long weekend in mid-September the festival will present 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 festivalā€™s bookstall, run by Brighton and Hoveā€™s largest independent bookshop, City Books.

All events will take place at 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:

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 Detectiveā€™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).

Patrick Gale
Patrick Gale

The festival is a collaboration between New Writing South and the Marlborough Theatre, and is funded by Consortium.

Programme takes place at The Spire, St Markā€™s Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JN

For full line up of events, click here: