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From Caliban to Batman

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Shakespeare and superheroes with Inua Ellams Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the BBC. The Actual is his fifth poetry release. With previous releases, he says, he always knew he was working towards some sort of book. This was not the case with The Actual, […]

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From a Heart Like Wet Cement

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The Messy Truth with Caroline Bird To mark National Poetry Day at the very beginning of this month, we spoke to London-based poet, playwright and author, Caroline Bird upon this year’s release of her sixth poetry collection, The Air Year. Here, she tells us about the impact poetry has had on her life from the age of just 13 when she first became immersed in writing.   Has lockdown given […]

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Fyne Meets Juno Dawson

By Jack Latham

By Jack Latham Juno Dawson’s books include the global bestsellers, This Book Is Gay and Clean. She is presently adapting her 2019 novel Meat Market for television. In 2014, she became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall. Ahead of her appearance at The Coast Is Queer – for which she is joined by […]

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Home Sweet Body

Valerie Mason John by Cesar Forcadell

Ahead of their appearance The Coast is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s festival of LGBTQ+ literature, public speaker and mindfulness teacher, Valerie Mason-John discusses drugs, recovery, and black identity with Sam Bennett. Photo: Juan Luis Rod Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John joins me on Zoom from Canada. It’s 9am there, they have just finished meditating – of […]

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COVID, Creativity, and Croquembouche Cones

Credit: Tanaka Mhishi

Credit: Tanaka Mhishi Tanaka Mhishi is a poet, playwright and performer who makes issue-based work. With a record of creating pieces which handle ‘tricky’ topics like sexual violence, masculinity, biphobia and race, Tanaka takes a bespoke, whole community approach; helping audiences have vital, difficult conversations one piece of art at a time. Ahead of his […]

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ABOVE THE STAG

Ellie Fiore, Mitchell Lathbury, Matthew Ferdenzi, Matthew Baldwin Philip Lawrence in Sleeping Beauty - One Little Prick - photo by Derek Drescher

ON STAGE AND NOW PAGE Written by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper, Above The Stag Theatre’s pantomimes for adults are a London institution, selling out every year and placing queer characters front and centre in popular fairytales, myths and adventures, combining wit, wonder and social satire with the best traditions of the great British panto. Now the […]

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Connection’s Conceivable Comeback

Connection's Conceivable Comeback

Recent surveys in the UK report that approximately one in three women deem themselves less interested in sex than they should be and one in four men believe they don’t last long enough in bed. In a nutshell, our sexpectations (beliefs that we hold consciously or unconsciously about sex, passed down through our upbringing, peer […]

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Samra Habib: Encouraging a Choir of Voices

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A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib’s We Have Always Been Here starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at 16. When she realised she was queer, it was yet another way she […]

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I said “look, I’m trying to find lesbians…”

Sue Sanders, LGBT HM chair

LGBT History Month 2020: A Chat with the Chair Sam Bennett LGBT History Month has taken place in February since 2005. An initiative launched by charity Schools OUT – which aims to make educational institutions safe for LGBT people – its 16th incarnation launched at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers and Museum of Natural History in November. […]

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“Lest we forget where we came from”

Fighting With Pride

It is incredible to think how far the British Armed Forces have evolved since 12 January 2000 when their law barring service by lesbian, gay and bi people was finally repealed. With the 20th anniversary comes celebration and pride in what has been achieved, pride that all three armed forces have been Stonewall Top 100 […]

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Welsh University of the Year 2022

Cardiff University has been named Welsh University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. […]

Where could a career with the MDP take you?

The Ministry of Defence Police delivers a specialist armed policing service, to protect the nation’s defences and national infrastructure. From […]

Fighting With Pride: Cenotaph

LGBT+ veterans to remember the fallen at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for the first time .  It has been announced that […]

PALAVER Festival

A pioneering new LGBTQ+ arts festival specifically for children and families comes to Cambridge Junction 10am-5pm, Thursday 28th October, 2021.    Fatt Projects and Cambridge Junction present PALAVER Festival, […]

WE ARE READY TO OPEN ONCE MORE!

MONDAY 20 – SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021   The iconic hit musical Priscilla has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array […]

Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

At the New Theatre Oxford until Saturday 28 th August A standing ovation is how Priscilla Queen of the Desert concluded last […]

Glow Your Own

Cj Zangerle Murray is an Argentine/English queer, trans, visual artist, musician and educator based in the North East, with an […]

From Caliban to Batman

Shakespeare and superheroes with Inua Ellams Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for […]

Illustrating LGBTQ+ Lives

Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre have been working with illustrator Jess Bolam to shine a light on the experiences of Oxfordshire’s LGBTQ+ community. Following a series of […]

Lucy Spraggan On Choices, Childhood and Chocolate

English Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan has come a long way since appearing on the X-Factor back in 2012. Now approaching the release of her […]