The Coast is Queer

“An amazing conversation. Both uplifting and moving.”

Audience member, 2021

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.  

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

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.

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