Writers shortlisted for the UK’s only LGBTQ+ book awards showcase their work.
This event takes place at the British Library.
The UK’s only book awards for LGBTQ+ writing, the Polari Prize was founded back in 2011. Over a decade on, diverse publishing has gone from strength to strength. Reflecting the growth in LGBTQ+ writing, there are now three Polari prizes: for debut, non debut and Children’s/Young Adult books.
Previous prize winners include authors Amrou Al-Kadhi, Kate Davies, Saleem Haddad, Kirsty Logan, Paul McVeigh, Fiona Mozley, Diriye Osman, Diana Souhami and Mohsin Zaidi and poets John McCullough and Andrew McMillan. Past shortlisted writers include Juliet Jacques, Paul Mendez and Juno Roche.
Tonight a selection of writers from this year’s shortlists join prize founder and chair of the judges Paul Burston to read from and discuss their work. Full lineup to be announced closer to the time but expect an evening of stimulating conversation and queer storytelling like no other.
Image by Justin David.
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