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Ok, I know, this site is primarily dedicated to gay literature… But we are in a bigger family, the LGBT literary world, so, it is with great joy and honour that I present to you the most important and exciting LGBT literary salon: Polari.

Taking its name by the British gay slang which mixes English, Italianate words (‘Polari’ itself comes from the Italian ‘parlare’, to speak), Romany and rhyming slang, and brought to the little screen, with all its (and his) theatrical might by gay icon Kenneth Williams, Polari is a London-based salon created and run by Paul Burston, himself an author, to promote LGBT, queer and gay literature.

Described by The Huffington Post as ‘the most exciting literary movement in London’, Polari is here to show the world that literature can be great fun, through lively performances authors, and that LGBT literature is a force to be reckoned with.

Just have a look at the salon’s gallery… No sad, long, grey faces of authors killing their own work through monotone readings… None of that! On the contrary, a celebration of colours, of intense smiles and, you may expect it, a touch of camp…

The big news? Polari are going national and starting a tour around the UK, a tour no LGBT person with even a small interest in literature should miss. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll go global?

So, put your glossies down, a touch of slap and go vada bold Polari… it’s better than trade!

POLARI NATIONAL TOUR

London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari has been awarded a grant from Grants for the Arts, supported by the Arts Council of England and the National Lottery.

The grant will fund a national tour in the Autumn, beginning in September and ending at the Southbank Centre in November, which marks the literary salon’s seventh birthday.

The tour will include Polari events at the Marlborough Theatre in Brighton, Homotopia in Liverpool, shOUT in Birmingham and the Manchester Literature Festival and will feature the best in established and emerging LGBT literary talent. It will also help to promote The Polari First Book Prize, which is now in its fourth year.

Paul Burston, founder and host of Polari said, “After several successful, sell-out years at the Southbank Centre, it’s been a dream of mine to take Polari on tour. I’m very grateful to the Arts Council of England and the National Lottery for making this possible.”

TOUR DATES

SEP 25 – MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, BRIGHTON
4 Prince’s St, Brighton, BN2 1R. 7.30pm. £8.50 (£6.50 conc)
http://www.brownpapertickets.co.uk / 0800 411 8881
With Neil Bartlett, VG Lee, John McCullough, VA Fearon and Jill Gardiner

SEP 27 – SOHO LITERARY FESTIVAL AT SOHO THEATRE
21 Dean St, W1D 3NE. 8pm. £9
http://www.sohotheatre.com / 020 7478 0100
With Will Davis, VA Fearon, Justin David and VG Lee

OCT 2 – ST ALBANS LIBRARY – NATIONAL POETRY DAY
The Maltings, AL1 3JQ
7.15pm. £5 (£2.50 conc) includes wine and nibbles
http://www.hertslibraries.org/libraryeventtickets / 0300 123 4049
With Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, Nick Field and Barbara Brownskirt

OCT 15 – MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL AT CONTACT
Oxford Rd, M15 6JA
7.30-9.30pm. £6 (£5 conc)
0161 274 0600 / http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
With Jonathan Harvey, Neil Bartlett, VG Lee and Rosie Garland

OCT 30 – THREE MINUTE THEATRE, MANCHESTER – HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, M1 1JG
7.30pm. £7 (£5 conc)
http://www.threeminutetheatre.co.uk / 0161 834 4517
With Jack Wolf, Tara Ali Din, Adam Lowe, VG Lee and Michael Atkins (finalist, Barbara Burford Prize 2014)

NOV 6 – HOMOTOPIA AT UNITY THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
1 Hope Place, L1 9BG
9pm. £7 (£5 conc)
http://www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk / 0844 873 2888
With Jonathan Harvey, VG Lee, Gerry Potter and Clare Campbell

NOV 15 – HEXAGON THEATRE AT MAC, BIRMINGHAM
Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH
7.30pm. £5 (£2.50 conc)
http://macbirmingham.co.uk / 0121 446 3232
With VG Lee, Keith Jarrett, Fanny Gapper, Clare Ashton and Kiki Archer

NOV 20 – STEVENAGE CENTRAL LIBRARY
Southgate, SG1 1HD
7.15pm £5 (£2.50 conc) includes wine and nibbles
http://www.hertslibraries.org/libraryeventtickets / 0300 123 4049
With Sophie Ward, Alexis Gregory, Sarah Westwood, VG Lee and Alex Hopkins.

NOV 24 – LIT & PHIL, NEWCASTLE
23 Westgate Road, NE1 1SE
7pm. Free
http://www.litandphil.org.uk / 0191 232 0192
With Mari Hannah (winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2013), Sophia Blackwell, Debbie Taylor, Stephen Shieber and VG Lee

NOV 26 – SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON – SEVENTH BIRTHDAY & END OF TOUR
RFH, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk / 0844 847 9910
7.45-10pm. £5 (£2.50 conc)
With Neil Bartlett, Ben Ferguson, Alex Marwood, Sarah Bramley and Niven Govinden

POLARI LITERARY SALON WEBSITE

http://www.polariliterarysalon.co.uk/Polari/Home.html

ENDS

Paul Burston
http://www.paulburston.com

Paul Burton

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