LGBTQ+ lit fest The Coast is Queer returns for fourth season

The UK’s only LGBTQ+ literature festival is back in Brighton for its fourth season in October and, yet again, there’s another fantastic line-up in store to celebrate queer lives and writing.

Set up by non-profit New Writing South and queer-led arts producer Marlborough Productions with Sussex and Brighton uni students programming the Friday, the festival celebrates queer lives and writing through a variety of workshops, films, in-conversation events, cabaret, dancing and spoken word.

“This event always stimulates lively discussion and is for anyone who wants to experience some fresh ideas rarely heard in the mainstream,” The Coast is Queer coordinator Lesley Wood said.

Several events have already sold out, but we’ve got our eyes on the panel discussions delving into invisible identities; the work of experimental 1960s poet, Mark Hyatt; on queer representation in popular fiction; and on queer Ukraine.

And if you fancy winning tickets to next year’s event, all you need to do is take a picture of one of their Sarah Ferrari-designed posters or postcards at the Attenborough Centre or in one of Brighton’s bookshops, tag @coastisqueerfest and #queerbookssavelives, and you’ll be in with a chance!

Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October; times and prices vary
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, BN1 9RA