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Hertfordshire Libraries and Heri / Events / Wed 03 Feb 2021



Polari - the award-winning LGBT Literary Salon with Paul Burston and guests: Showcasing the best in established and emerging LGBT literary talent

Join Hertfordshire Libraries for this online event on Teams on Wednesday 3rd February 7.00pm.

Paul Burston: curator and host of Polari at the Southbank Centre and founder of The Polari First Book Prize for debut writers and The Polari Prize for established writers. In 2016, he featured in the British Council’s Global List of 33 visionary people promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world.

Joelle Taylor: award-winning poet, playwright and author. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championships, for the Poetry Society in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. Her work is taught as part of the OCR GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award from the Southbank Centre in recognition of the effect SLAMbassadors had on British culture.

Juno Roche: an internationally recognised trans- writer and campaigner, Founder of Trans Workers UK and the Trans Teachers Network. On the Independent's Rainbow List 2015 and 2016, she is a patron of cliniQ and received the 2015 NUT Blair Peach Award for her campaign 'Why Trans Teachers Matter'. She regularly contributes to publications including Diva, The Guardian and Vice and is the author of Queer Sex (Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize).

PJ Samuels: Poet, educator and LGBTI human rights activist and advocate, she was born in Jamaica but fled the country to escape homophobic persecution as a lesbian and outspoken member of the LGBTI community. In addition to being a written and spoken-word poet, she has been an outspoken social activist for LGBTI rights. She facilitates Weather the Storm, a peer support programme for LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, described as “an open and liberating space where hugs and laughter are as plentiful as the cups of tea and biscuits.”

Tickets cost £3 and joining instructions will be emailed to you near the date.


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