PREVIEW: Polari, cult literary salon set to WOW Worthing

May 25, 2016

The award-winning Polari literary salon comes to Worthing for one night only on Tuesday, May 31, as part of the Worthing WOW Festival 2016.

Paul Burston
Paul Burston

Hailed by the Huffington Post as “The most exciting literary movement in London” and winner of the LGBT Cultural Event of the Year, Polari brings to Worthing its unique blend of panache, cleverness and dexterity.

Hosted by author and founder of the award-winning literary salon Paul Burston, the night promises to be a must for anybody with a love of wit, wisdom and words as our enigmatic host brings together writers and performers (yet to be announced) to stimulate, inspire and entertain you with their stories.

Paul says: “I’m very excited about bringing Polari to Worthing and to what promises to be a very special festival.”

From its roots in an upstairs room of a bar in Soho, POLARI has now become a fixture in the literary and LGBT calendar, regularly selling out its monthly slot at the Southbank Centre.

With a slew of awards, and celebrated in the New York Times as “London’s most theatrical salon”, over the past nine years it has welcomed guests such as Will Self, Tariq Ali, Andy Bell and Stella Duffy to its stage. Supporters include Patrick Gale, Ali Smith and Sarah Waters, who describes Polari as “always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out.”

For its Worthing debut, POLARI has been organised by Worthing WOW in association with Worthing Pride, a group that has come together to offer events for LGBT audiences and supporters of equality, and is one of the many literary events, supported by Arts Council England and University of Chichester, during the WOW Festival which include a writers retreat, talks with poets and authors, adult workshops and an invitation to children to ‘write a novel in 60 minutes’.

POLARI is a must for anyone no matter how remotely interested in literature – don’t miss this rare opportunity to encounter the most exciting, energetic, literary experience of the year right on your doorstep!

Worthing WOW Festival 2016 runs from May 28 to June 12.

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Where: Fraser’s Bar at the Connaught Theatre, 3 Union Pl, Worthing

When: Tuesday, May 31

Time: £8

Cost: £7.50

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