Leeds Virtual LGBT+ Lit Fest

5-11 July 2021

This virtual, weeklong event will be a celebration of LGBTQIA+ literature and activism.

Thank you to Leeds Inspired for helping fund this event, and to all the volunteers and contributors who have made this event possible.

Format of the event

This event will take place virtually 5-11 July 2021. Our event will include:

  • Live, ticketed events via Zoom

  • Pre-recorded videos streamed live on YouTube or Facebook

  • Blogs on our website

  • Pre-recorded videos on YouTube

Most of our blogs and pre-recorded videos will remain available after the event.

 

Most of our content for this event is free. Some of our live, ticketed events will have a small cost per ticket, however we have free tickets available for those on no-low income. Please email us on leedslgbtbookclub@gmail.com for more info.

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Programme

For full details of the events content including release dates for blogs and pre-recorded videos, information on live events and the biographies of all our contributors, you can check out our virtual programme here.

You can also download a plain text pdf of the programme here or email leedslgbtbookclub@gmail.com for a large text version.

Live Events

Monday 5 July

8pm ENBY

An excerpt of a play by Hope Shooter.
Pre-recorded video shown on YouTube Live.

Available here from 8pm Mon 5 July: YouTube Live

Tuesday 6 July

7.30-9.30pm Yorkshire LGBTQ+ People of Faith: Books and Belief

This is a literature focused, LGBTQ+ multi-faith event taking place on Zoom.

We will hear from LGBTQ+ speakers from Hidayah LGBT, Sarbat LGBT and Queer Theology. This will be followed by a chance for questions, then an open discussion for attendees.
Tickets are free but essential: lgbtqmultifaith.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 7 July

6.30-7.30pm Leeds LGBT+ Book Club  

This is a live book club meet up to discuss Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi via Zoom.
Tickets are free but essential: leedslgbtbookclub.eventbrite.co.uk

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Thursday 8 July

3-5pm Leeds LGBT+ Older Persons’ Book Group

This is a live book group event for older and isolated LGBTQIA+ people via Zoom. Joe will lead a discussion about queer literature and the group will consider some diverse and representative queer poems together.
Tickets are free but essential: https://bit.ly/3zBCjEj

 

7-8.30pm Louis Glazzard's Poetry Workshop: Exploring Identity

Join Louis Glazzard for this interactive workshop exploring identity through poetry. This event takes place on Zoom.
Tickets are £5: exploringidentityinpoetry.eventbrite.co.uk
We are holding a few free tickets for people on low-no income. If this applies to you, please email us on leedslgbtbookclub@gmail.com.

Friday 9 July

2pm Aida H Dee – The Three Goats United (Family Friendly)

Join Drag Queen Story Hour UK’s Aida H Dee for a reading of her children’s book The Three Goats United.
Showing on our Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival Facebook page.

7.30pm Subjective Silhouettes

Subjective Silhouettes will be bringing us a pre-recorded performance event showcasing disabled queer artists.
Pre-recorded video shown on YouTube Live.

Available here from 7.30pm Fri 9 July: 
YouTube Live

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Saturday 10 July

1-2.30pm A Queer Zine Making Workshop with Holly Casio

Presented by Thought Bubble, we will be joined by Holly Casio on Zoom for a queer zine making workshop, including a talk about zines, and in particular the "power of queer zines", followed by an interactive workshop. Open to all ages.
Tickets are £2: queerzineworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk
We are holding a few free tickets for people on low-no income. If this applies to you, please email us on leedslgbtbookclub@gmail.com.

 

7-10pm Cocktails & Fxxx Tales

Strictly over 18s only

Cocktails & Fxxx Tales is an inclusive performance night celebrating the underrated artform of dirty storytelling. This event will take place on Zoom.
Tickets are free but essential: cftlitfest.eventbrite.com

Sunday 11 July

11am Bold Strokes Books

Thom Seddon will lead this live panel event with several Bold Strokes Books sci-fi and fantasy authors discussing LGBTQ+ writing in the fantasy genre. This event will take place as a Zoom webinar, including a live Q&A
Zoom webinar registration here.

 

7.30pm Speak Out: A QTIPOC Spoken Word Event

Speak Out will be showcasing spoken word performances by LGBT+ Black people and People of Colour.
Pre-recorded video shown on YouTube Live.

Available here from 7.30pm Sun 11 July: YouTube Live

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