The Coast is Queer

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The Coast is Queer – a radical new festival for Brighton


The Coast Is Queer is a radical new festival for Brighton featuring some of the best LGBTQ+ literature, first presented by New Writing South and Marlborough Productions in 2019.

The festival brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a series of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing.  

Presented as a digital event between 2020 and 2021, the festival returned to an in-person event in 2022, at its new home the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.

Join us 12-15 October for The Coast is Queer 2023! See all festival events at

“An amazing conversation. Both uplifting and moving.”

Audience member, 2021

The 2019 edition of the festival took place over a weekend in September and included Patrick Gale, Lesley Thomson, Jonathan Harvey, Juno Dawson, Dean Atta, Juliet Jacques, Juno Roche, Maria Jastrzębska, Fox & Owl, CN Lester, Eley Williams, Kate Davies, Niven Govinden, West Camel, Tasha Suri, Sharan Dhaliwal and Ella Otomewo

In 2020, the festival returned for a digital one-off at the Big Book Weekend, with Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness, hosted by Katherine Webber.

In 2021 the festival moved online and took place over 5 – 7 February. Guest speakers included Douglas Stuart, Val McDermid, Alan Hollinghurst, Valerie Mason-John, Phyll Opoko-Gyimah, Rosie Garland, Juno Dawson, Jamie Windust.

For more information about the the 2022 and 2023 programmes, go to

“An invaluable opportunity to attend conversations with writers I admire. Thank you Coast is Queer!"

Audience member, 2021