Aye Write 23 April: Jackie Kay, Zoe Strachan, Allan Radcliffe & Kerry Hudson: Out There – Scottish LGBT Writing
23rd Apr 2015 • 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow
Contributors to the first new anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland in over a decade share some of the highlights
‘Out There’ is the first new anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland in over a decade. By turns provocative, moving and hilarious, it collects stories, poems and memoirs from award-winning, bestselling authors and previously unpublished writers.
Join contributors Jackie Kay, Kerry Hudson, Allan Radcliffe and editor Zoë Strachan to hear some of the highlights from Out There and participate in what promises to be a lively discussion of the key issues of LGBT life in Scotland, the literary world, and beyond – and to ask whether there is any such thing as LGBT writing in the first place?
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and is a modern classic. She has published two collections of stories ‘Why Don’t You Stop Talking’ and ‘Wish I Was Here’. She teaches at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester.
Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen and lives in Hackney. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel. Her first novel, ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma’ was published in July 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award and Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year. Her second novel, ‘Thirst’, was published in 2014.
Kilmarnock born Zoe Strachan was selected as one of the twenty best young novelists in Britain by the Independent. Negative Space won a Betty Trasker award and was short listed for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award. In 2008 she was awarded a Hermann Kesten Stipendium and in 2009 received a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship which took her to France to write. She lives in Glasgow where she teaches part time on the prestigious Creative Writing programme at the University of Glasgow.
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