Polari on Sea – Hastings

Thursday 28th April at 7pm

The Printworks, 14 Claremont, America Ground, Hastings, TN34 1HA

London’s award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon returns to Hastings. With local authors Paul Burston and VG Lee, poet John McCullough & Helen Trevorrow.

About this event

We’re back!

“A stimulating and fun night out” – Hastings Independent

“Polari has been welcomed with open arms into the heart of Hastings” – Hastings Observer

“Always fun, always thought-provoking, a guaranteed great night out” – Sarah Waters

Hosted by local author Paul Burston with guests John McCullough, VG Lee and Helen Trevorrow.

John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds, was published with Penned in the Margins and won the 2020 Hawthornden Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. John’s previous collections have been Books of the Year for publications including The Guardian and The Independent. He also won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012. His fourth collection, Panic Response, explores personal and cultural anxiety, and the ways people counter them. It was published in March 2022 with Penned in the Margin

VG Lee lives in Hastings and is the award-winning author of five novels and two short story collections. Her novels include The Comedienne, Diary of a Provincial Lesbian and Always You, Edina. Her work has been praised by Sarah Waters, who said “Lee writes with unfailing warmth and wisdom”, and by Andrea Levy, who praised her “light touch, wonderful laconic style and spot-on humour.” Her first short story collection was As You Step Outside. Her second short story collection and most recent publication is Oh You Pretty Thing.

Helen Trevorrow is the author of New Brighton, a disturbing, dystopian tale set in an alternative Brighton. It is a high concept thriller with a speculative twist. Helen’s 2018 debut novel, In The Wake, is a feminist crime thriller about family, unrealised trauma and alcoholism. She is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy creative writing programme. She lives in Brighton with her wife and child.

Paul Burston is the author of six novels and the editor of two short story collections. He had also published several non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. His most recent novel is the psychological thriller The Closer I Get, which is largely set in Hastings. His memoir, We Can Be Heroes, will be published by Little A books in June 2023. He is currently working on his seventh novel.

The venue is wheelchair accessible

7pm doors, 7.30pm start

£8 (£6 conc) in advance or £10 (£8 conc) on the door

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/polari-on-sea-tickets-22268639099

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