Coming up in Sep

Updated: Aug 18

We have 3 exciting events coming up in September!




Kicking off on Sep 1 it’s Polari On Sea in Hastings, featuring poets Sophia Blackwell and Alice Denny and local crime writer Graeme Hampton. 7pm for 7.30pm.

Plus we’ll be announcing this year’s Polari Prize shortlists for debut and non-debut books with the help of local legend VG Lee.


Then on Sep 10, the Polari Prize Children’s and YA shortlist will be announced at a picture book event at The Book Nook in Hove. 2-3.30pm.


The announcement will be heralded by a public event for 3-7 year olds, featuring longlisted authors Ian Eagleton (Nen and the Lonely Fisherman) and Harry Woodgate (Grandad’s Camper) as well as chair of judges Jodie Lancet-Grant (The Pirate Mums, The Marvellous Doctors for Magical Creatures.)


Chair of judges Jodie Lancet-Grant says:

‘I am delighted to be bringing the first ever Polari children’s event to the city of Brighton and Hove, often dubbed the UK’s LGBTQ+ capital. The children’s and YA category of the Polari prize was launched due to a fervent belief that LGBTQ+ love and relationships have a deserved place in children’s culture, so we can’t wait to bring that to life at one of the country’s best children’s bookshops.’



Finally, on Sep 15, it’s the Polari Prize Showcase at the British Library 7.15pm.

This event will be hosted by prize founder Paul Burston, with a showcase of shortlisted writers TBA two weeks before the event.

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