Pride and Prejudice: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Voices

Pride and Prejudice: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Voices

‘I found myself taking more risks, because failure had a second life — it could spin a yarn. There was an agency in the retelling, in the self-deprecation and of course self-mythologizing. Memoir is how you groom yourself. Memoir is drag.’ So says Jeremy Atherton Lin in his gorgeously exuberant book Gay Bar – one of the fascinating texts in our series celebrating the stories and voices blazing a trail for the LGBTQIA+ community today. From the continual battle for recognition and equality in society, to issues of identity and self-acceptance; and from powerful personal journeys to vivid insights into the human condition: these events shine a kaleidoscopic light on the joys and sorrows, pride and persecution faced by those who don’t conform to the gender or sexuality norms often cast on them by society.

 

Torrey Peters: Modern Families, Baby

Saturday 14 August 17:30 - 18:30

Detransition, Baby is the fizzing debut novel from American author Torrey Peters, a modern story about motherhood, sex, relationships and chosen family. Reese is a trans woman in her 30s who desperately yearns for motherhood when Ames, her former lover...
 

Harry Josephine Giles & Ely Percy: The Drama’s in the Dialect

Wednesday 18 August 16:00 - 17:00

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On a far-off space station, Astrid and Darling search for hope as they battle with a pace of progress that threatens to leave them behind. The first full-length novel to be written in Orcadian dialect in over 50 years, Deep Wheel Orcadia is described by...
 

Carmen Maria Machado: The Language of Violence

Wednesday 18 August 19:00 - 20:00

'The word ‘archive’', Carmen Maria Machado tells us (by way of Derrida), 'comes from the ancient Greek ‘arkheion’: the house of the ruler.' This note is important because Machado’s In the Dreamhouse is a book about memory, about power and...
In what is ostensibly an era of choice, the most personal decisions we make – about our bodies and how we live our lives – continue to be subject to analysis, discussion and frequently unwelcome debate. We are under scrutiny and surrounded by...
'When I say trans, I also mean escape. I mean choice. I mean autonomy.' These words by writer and performer Travis Alabanza are quoted in the epigraph of Shon Faye’s The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, a searing treatise on a society...
 

Jeremy Atherton Lin: Coming Out, Going Out

Saturday 28 August 19:00 - 20:00

For the past generation it has been possible for LGBTQIA+ people in most of Britain and the USA to go out in an open display of solidarity and sexual freedom that was long denied to those who came before them. The culture of the Gay Bar is the subject...
 

Hysteria: A Post-Apocalyptic Cabaret

Saturday 28 August 20:30 - 22:00

As we emerge from the pandemic and step into the 'new normal', many of us are hungrier than ever to build a better kind of society – one that prioritises community and wellbeing over profit. Cabarets and performance play a major role in this, bringing...

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