The Polari Prize

Paul Burston
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The leading LGBTQ+ literary prize comes to the British Library.

This event takes place at the British Library.

Hosted by author and Polari founder, Paul Burston, tonight’s event features a sparkling lineup of former Polari Prize winners and surprise guests. Plus the announcement of this year’s winning books in the three categories – debut, non-debut and the brand new prize for children’s / YA books.

Described by The Huffington Post as ‘the most exciting literary movement in London, crackling with energy, ideas, excitement’, Polari was founded in 2007 in a bar in Soho. Since then, the salon has become a key feature of London’s literary scene, showcasing emerging and established LGBTQ+ authors, poets and spoken word performers at a variety of arts centres, book festivals, libraries, museums and queer commercial venues like Heaven nightclub and The RVT.

Writers who've appeared at Polari include Amrou Al-Kadhi, Neil Bartlett, Dustin Lance Black, Russell T Davies, Juno Dawson, Bernardine Evaristo, Patrick Gale, Nikita Gill, Niven Govinden, Garth Greenwell, Philip Hensher, Juliet Jacques, Jackie Kay, Val McDermid, Andrew McMillan, Charlotte Mendelson, Fiona Mozley, Musa Okwonga, Okechukwu Nzelu, Diriye Osman, Juno Roche, Ali Smith, Diana Souhami, Joelle Taylor, Paula Varjack and Sarah Waters.

Since 2014, Polari has also toured annually, supported by Arts Council England and appearing across the UK and beyond, with regular events in Bradford, Edinburgh, Hastings, Huddersfield, Manchester and Newcastle.

The salon also runs The Polari Prize – the UK’s only book awards for LGBTQ+ writing. First founded in 2011, there are now three prizes – for debut, non-debut and children’s / YA books. The prize sponsors are DHH Literary Agency, FMcM Associates and Little Box of Books.

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Name: The Polari Prize
Where: Terrace Restaurant
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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