Well it’s official! I will be reading some of my poems at the Polari Literary Salon On Tour at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool on the 4th November, as part of the 2015 Homotopia Festival. Here’s what the Polari website has to say about this year’s and last year’s tours:_
“London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari has been awarded a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England to fund a national tour, starting in September and ending in December at the Southbank Centre, the salon’s London home.
This will be the second time Polari has gone on tour, following last year’s highly successful tour, which was also funded by Arts Council England. Many events sold out, and over 90% of audience members rated the event they attended “excellent”.
Here’s what else they said –
“Excellent”, “very entertaining”, “fabulous quality”, “loved discovering new writers” – Brighton
“Loved the theatrical readings”, “great energy and style”, “excellent”, “great variety” – Manchester
“Clever, touching, original and funny”, “friendly atmosphere”, “diverse”, “open and honest” – Liverpool
“Welcoming”, “encouraging”, “loved the eclectic mix”, “the quality”, “the humour” – Birmingham”
Also reading will be Andrew McMillan, Gerry Potter and Diana Souhami… quite a line up! Here’s what the Homotopia website has to say about them:
“Diana is the three times winner of the US Lambda Literary Award for best gay writing. She also won a Whitbread biography award and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black prize for biography. Her books about lesbians include ‘Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter’, ‘Gluck: Her Biography’, ‘The Trials of Radclyffe Hall’ and ‘Coconut Chaos’.
Gerry is an actor, director, poet and playwright and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva, Chloe Poems.
Andrew is also a poet, his first collection ‘Physical’ was published in July this year and is long-listed for The Guardian First Book prize and short-listed for the Forward Prize best debut collection. Andrew currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University.”