The Coast is Queer 2022

July 27, 2022
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“An invaluable opportunity to attend conversations with writers I admire. Thank you Coast is Queer!” – Audience member, 2021

“An amazing conversation. Both uplifting and moving.” – Audience member, 2021

Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ literature festival is back. Full programme announcement coming soon

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Brighton & Hove’s festival of LGBTQ+ writing is back in real life 7-9 October 2022

The Coast Is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s celebration of LGBTQ+ writing, returns for an in-person festival from 7-9 October 2022. Now in its third year, The Coast is Queer brings together writers, poets, performers, academics, activists and of course readers, for three days of accessible, lively in-conversation events, workshops, films and discussions celebrating queer lives and literature.

Following an online edition of the festival in 2021 attracting viewers from all over the world, The Coast Is Queer producers New Writing South and Marlborough Productions are thrilled that this flagship UK festival of LGBTQ+ writing has a new home at Brighton’s Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

For 2022, the complete line-up for The Coast Is Queer is yet to be announced but confirmed guest speakers include InWords Literary Award-winning author Sarah Winman, whose most recent book Still Life published by Fourth Estate was described as “transcendent, utterly humane” on one of many glowing reviews, and Michael Cashman whose extraordinary life making queer history and changing queer futures is described with searing honesty in his 2020 memoir, One of Them. Also in board are Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller, authors of Bad Gays: A Homosexual History published by Verso 2022 (based on the hugely popular podcast series, Bad Gays), celebrated speculative fiction writer, Leone Ross, whose most recent novel, This One Sky Day (“bitterly envied” by Marlon James) was published by Faber in 2021, and Pushcart Prize-winning author, Julia Armfield, whose novel Our Wives Under The Sea was published by Picador in 2022 to critical acclaim. In-demand novelist, screenwriter and Sunday Times number 1 bestseller Juno Dawson returns with another edition of her Lovely Trans Literary Salon this time featuring Travis Alabanza, recognised as “one of the world’s brightest young stars” in Forbes 30under30 list,whose new title None of the Above is published this August by Canongate Books. 

The Coast is Queer is a significant event for LGBTQ+ literature. Over 2,000 people have enjoyed and been inspired by moving and exhilarating events from over 80 writers since 2019. Past speakers include Alan Hollinghurst, Dean Atta, Val McDermid, Golnoosh Nour, Douglas Stuart, Niven Govinden, Patrick Gale and Valerie Mason-John. The festival has also highlighted inspiring new voices, such as Kate Davies, CN Lester and Sharan Dhaliwal.

It will be possible to buy and browse at the festival’s bookshelf, both in-person and online, curated by Brighton and Hove’s independent bookshop: Feminist Bookshop. Event listings and full line-up will be released in the near future.

Lesley Wood, CEO of New Writing South said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming both familiar and new faces to The Coast is Queer, back in joyful real-life in 2022 and, once again, showcasing some of our boldest, brightest and best LGBTQ+ writing talent.  The festival has become an exuberant part of the UK’s literary landscape and this year feels even more special as we gather in person for three days of powerful, transformative interviews, discussions, readings, films and workshops” 

The Coast is Queer festival is a collaboration between New Writing South and Marlborough Productions, and is funded by Arts Council England. /  / / @CoastIQlitfest / @newwritingsouth / @marlboroughprod

The festival is also grateful for the support of the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and the BFI. 

For press inquiries, contact Anna Goodman on 0797627026 

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