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Dean Atta reads from and discusses his novel 'Black Flamingo'.

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A fantastic event for literary lovers, spoken word, poets and performers, taking place via Zoom. Join poet and award winning author Dean Atta, who will be reading and discussing his novel ‘Black Flamingo’ alongside host Adam Lowe who is a writer, educator, publisher and performer.

    ‘I didn’t want this story to look away from difficult topics, such as race and sexuality. But there are times in the story when Michael doesn’t fully understand what he’s seeing or experiencing.’

    - Dean Atta, Nerd Daily

    Black Flamingo is the award-winning debut novel from writer Dean Atta. The book follows the life of mixed-race gay teenager Michael and his discovery of drag culture. In this event, hear Dean read some excerpts from his novel and discuss his works.

    This event is part of Queer Contact Festival 2021. For the first time this year, we are offering a membership deal for Queer Contact. For just £10 you can get 25% off this event and others, plus a range of tickets totally free! To find out more, click here.

    If you have booked a ticket, you can access the event page here.

    This event will be live captioned.

    Read this great Q&A on Nerd Daily, where Dean talks about Black Flamingo and what he hopes readers will take from it.

    Content Warnings

    The event will involve discussions of racism, homophobia and interactions with police, as well as possible references to transphobia.

    Are you a budding poet/writer?

    After this event Dean Atta will be hosting a virtual workshop, using flags as metaphors to discuss pride in various forms, including sexuality and nationality, guiding you to write your own poem. Click here for more info and to book your free place.

    About Dean

    Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean’s work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up – and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK, and internationally. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, and is Co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month.

    About Adam Lowe

    Adam is the UK’s LGBT History Month Poet Laureate and Yorkshire’s Olympic Poet for 2012. He is a writer, educator, publisher and performer from Leeds, though he currently lives on t’other side of the Pennines, in Manchester. Adam has lectured at the University of Leeds and the University of Central Lancashire, and has worked with The Poetry School and English PEN. He was named one of the ’20 best writers under 40′ in Leeds for the LS13 Awards and his chapbook Precocious was a reader nomination for the Guardian First Book Prize. He was a finalist for the Venture Poetry Awards, Eric Hoffer Award and Lambda Literary Awards, and was selected as one of 10 advanced poets for The Complete Works II programme, where he was mentored by Next Generation poet Patience Agbabi. The Complete Works was managed by Nathalie Teitler and founded by Bernardine Evaristo. He is also an alumnus of Obsidian.

    poet Adam Lowe next to a yellow pillar

    • Price
      £7 full/£6 under-35s/£5 concessions. 25% off tickets with a Queer Contact Membership (£5.50/£4.50/£3.75 )
    • Venue

      Online.

    • Ages
      14+
    • Running
      60 minutes
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