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The Values of Real Brighton

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Brighton takes centre stage in a new book from Red Dog Press. New Brighton by Helen Trevorrow is an action-packed speculative thriller set in Brighton’s near future. It follows the life of waitress, Robyn Lockhart after a mysterious ship runs aground on Brighton beach during a vicious storm. While the city on the sea comes […]

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Fynest Reads: Showcasing the Very Best of Queer Literature

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In this edition of our Fynest Reads series, we were lucky enough to hear from Birmingham-based LGBT+ bookshop, Proud Geek, who aim to be your one-stop-online-shop for everything geeky and queer. Whether you’re a book geek, a comic geek or a film geek, you’ll find something that was created by, and for people just like […]

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Book Preview: The Love That Dares

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A good love letter can speak across centuries and reassure us that the agony and the ecstasy one might feel in the 21st century have been shared by lovers long gone. This is all the truer of LGBTQ+ love letters: love affairs and relationships that, until very recently, had to survive within sealed envelopes and […]

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Death, Love, Tea, and Queer Tales

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Witty, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is a gift for troubled times. A warm hug of a story about a man who spent his life at the office – and his afterlife building a home. Here its author, TJ Klune answers Sam Bennett’s questions. Under the Whispering Door was hard for you to […]

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Fynest Reads

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We’re very excited to kick off the first in our series of Fynest Reads, in which we’ll explore the very best of LGBTQIA+ Literature. Benjamin Alire Sáenz – author of the multi-award-winning international bestseller, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – is this October, set to release the highly-anticipated sequel, entitled Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World. Here, we find out a little more about it…  Publisher: Simon & Schuster […]

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GRIPPING DRAMA COMES TO THE NEW THEATRE!

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TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – Saturday 2 OCTOBER 2021 Based on the book by the multi-million number 1 best-selling author Peter James, the thrilling Roy Grace series is back with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead. Starring award-winning actor and EastEnders icon, Adam Woodyatt, and star of stage and screen Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The […]

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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

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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

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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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Review: Somewhere to Belong

4 STARS  Somewhere to belong was a brilliantly witty and clever exploration of societal views on bisexuality and the implications […]

Review: The Mountaintop

Boni Adeliyi stands at the front of The Theatre Chipping Norton stage, reeling off a plethora of names from Black […]

Songs of Queer Women

When banks and sandwich shops have more pride than we do, where can we go to be with our tribe? It’s […]

Understanding The Conversion Therapy Ban

What is Conversion Therapy?   Conversion therapy tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ‘therapy’ itself can look […]

Pride and Kink at Battersea

Having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, queer, Crip (disabled) artist Dan Daw is finally seizing the moment […]

Trixie Mattel: “GROWN UP” Re-scheduled Tour

She’s back, Drag Queen, musician, stand up comedian, entertainer, entrepreneur. After a successful UK tour in 2018, All Stars 3 winner Trixie […]

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

It’s 2022. There’s a rainbow flag in every high street window – and no lesbian bar.   Enter The Ministry […]

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Comes to New Theatre Cardiff

PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON TUESDAY 3RD MAY  Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are delighted to announce that direct from […]

Tropicana Queer Comedy Cabaret makes its Oxford Debut

Join queer cabaret icon and performance tour-de-force Aidan Sadler as they take you on the award winning journey to Tropicana!   […]

Finding Somewhere to Belong

Somewhere To Belong, a funny and gloriously unsubtle theatre show about bisexuality that amplifies the voices of those who are […]