This week marks the start of the Arts Council Funded Polari National Tour. I'm really excited that not only am I going to perform alongside all the brilliant authors at the events taking place in the evenings, but shall be running the writing workshops in the afternoons. I've been facilitating my own brand of motivational workshops at The Bookseller Crow bookshop where I'm writer-in-residence for the last three years, so I think I'm fairly well versed in the ups and downs of them, but you never can know what life is going to throw at you. I have my usual concerns about what writing exercises shall I introduce, will people bring their work printed out ready to read and what the quality will be like - but aside from this, will anyone turn up? This is where you, my loyal blog readers, can help.
If you have interest in any of the workshops that will run in the places listed below, or know people who would please get in contact with the venue to book a ticket or find out how to. The workshops will start with an exercise or two and then the writers get to read out the work they've brought along. I'll be giving feedback and pointers on what can be tweaked or thought about to take the work forward. The best writer earns a place at the evening gig to read aloud their work alongside published LGBT authors and will also get a big gust of applause and encouragement from me and Paul B.
I'm leading the writing workshops at each location listed below with Paul Burston, the founder of Polari. Recently named as one of the world's top LGBT events by ArtInfo, Polari offers the very best in new, established and up-and-coming LGBT literary talent so it's a brilliant thing to get involved with. It was described the The New York Times as 'London's most theatrical talent' but Sarah Waters describes it best as, 'always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out.' And what can top that?!
So here are the dates:
8 September Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre : http://www.chapter.org/polari-literary-salon
22 September Bishop Stortford Library:
http://www.jacksonsquareshopping.co.uk/liveevents/polari-on-tour.html (contact library for workshop)
28 September Hastings, The Printworks: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/polari-on-tour-hastings-tickets-26626466478
14 October Brighton, The Marlborough Theatre:
21 October Nottingham Writer's Studio: www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/event/polari-workshop
4 November, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh: http://www.assemblyroxy.com/event.php?id=80
11 November, Write Idea Festival Ideas Store, Tower Hamlets: http://writeideafestival.org/ (free workshop)
15 November, Hove Library, (free workshop)
18 November, Grand Theatre, Blackpool: https://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/polari/
19 November, MAC Birmingham: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/polari-2016
21 November, Fruit Space Hull
23 November, Newcastle City Library (free workshop)
Please tell your mates and tell them to tell their writing mates or anyone who has the burning desire to put pen to paper and get their voice and ideas out there.
Oh and also Barbara Brownskirt will be performing at some if not all the Polari evening events.
See you there or somewhere close by soon!