The annual event will return to Brighton this year on 12-15 October 


If you’re looking for some LGBTQIA book recommendations, The Coast Is Queer is definitely for you! Returning to Brighton this year, the UK’s only LGBTQIA literature festival will be taking place on 12-15 October. 

The festival will host a number of talks, spoken word performances, and book readings from acclaimed queer writers and performers. Also available will be workshops, films, and discussions about LGBTQIA lives and writing. There’s even a cabaret! 

Some highlights of the festival include a discussion led by best-selling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and columnist Juno Dawson (This Book Is Gay), an open mic night hosted by Fuschia Von Steele, and a panel discussion on 15 October about what it means to be a queer writer in a time of war. 

Additionally, a programme of short queer films curated by the BFI will run throughout the weekend.

Lesley Wood, co-ordinator of The Coast Is Queer, said: “The Coast Is Queer is a unique opportunity for audiences to meet some of the boldest and brightest LGBTQIA writers, thinkers and activists around today. This event always stimulates lively discussion and is for anyone who wants to experience some fresh ideas rarely heard in the mainstream. The Coast is Queer has grown to represent a significant and exuberant contribution to the UK’s spoken word festival landscape.”

The festival will take place at the Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts in Brighton from October. Tickets are available for the full Festival, one day or for individual events.

The full lineup and ticket information are available at: 

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, has an induction loop, and selected events will be BSL interpreted.

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