London's award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari is coming to Senate House Library. Founded in 2007 by author Paul Burston, Polari showcases the best in established and emerging LGBT literary talent and is based in London's Southbank Centre. The salon also tours regularly, funded by Arts Council England, and has appeared at many festivals including Aye Write Glasgow, Belfast Book Festival, Books on Tyne, Homotopia and Manchester Literature Festival. The event features Neil Bartlett, VG Lee, Alex Gregory and Paul Burston, curator of Polari who will also be performing.
Neil Bartlett will perform Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall, Skin Lane and The Disappearance Boy.
VG Lee will read from her latest novel, Mr Oliver's Object of Desire.
Alexis Gregory will read from his works Slap, Safe, Sex/Crime and The Riot That Felt Safer Than Home.
Paul Burston will read from his new novel, The Black Path - out now!
Reviews of Polari:
"Polari is a unique mix of voices that provokes the strongest responses from its audience - love, laughter, tears, but most of all, thought" - Val McDermid
"Always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out" - Sarah Waters
"The most exciting literary movement in London ... crackling with energy, ideas, excitement" - Huffington Post
"London's most theatrical salon" - The New York Times
"I love doing Polari - a blend of audience sweetness, panache, cleverness and really good fun" - Ali Smith
Ticket prices are per person and includes complimentary refreshments at the event.
General Admission: £6
(concession tickets include Friends of Senate House Library, Students, University of London staff, unwaged and over 60’s)