Penguin Pride Manchester, Aug 21st 2019

Penguin Pride audience
Penguin Pride presents TURN UP!

Turn up the volume on queer voices with Penguin Pride, a night of awe-inspiring writers, poets and activists, taking over HOME for the first time.

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – a watershed moment for the LGBT rights movement – we’ll be celebrating and reflecting, looking back at how far we’ve come since the summer of 1969, where we are now, and looking forward to voices of the future.

The line up includes:

Our MC for the evening will be multi-award-winning poet and playwright Toby Campion, who has had work featured on BBC Radio 4, E4 and BBC1’s The Sunday Politics. Toby is also Director of UniSlam, Resident Artist at the Roundhouse, and one of the first resident poets of the River Thames.

Andrew McMillan is an award-winning Yorkshire poet. His new collectionPlaytime explores the different ways we grow into our sexual selves and our adult identities.

Paul Flynn is an acclaimed arts journalist and columnist for Attitude magazine. His book Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride has been praised as ‘one of the most important books about gay culture in recent times’.

Emma Morgan is a Liverpool based writer whose debut novel A Love Story for Bewildered Girls has been described as ‘a story about women rescuing themselves and each other’.

Kirsty Logan is a Glasgow-based author whose books include The GloamingThe Gracekeepers, and A Portable Shelter. Her short story collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales was awarded the Polari First Book Prize and features 20 tales of lust and loss, lascivious queens, paper men and island circuses. She’s also co-host of 90s teen horror podcast Teenage Scream.

Ella Eneme Otomewo is a Manchester based storyteller and performance poet. Recent collaborations include BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Guardian, Manchester International Festival and The Lowry Theatre.  Her work is feminist, personal, and tender.

roo is an LGBTQ+ writer from Yorkshire, whose debut novel is told by a non-binary protagonist. Moving between tragedy and comedy, it explores themes of losing and finding family, life outside the gender binary and how to make the best of being a flawed human in an uncertain world.

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