Out on the Page was set up in 2018 by Paul Bradley-Cong as an experimental project to bring together LGBTQ+ writers to write, support each other and to share information and experiences.
Since then, with collaborators, we have held more than a dozen one-day retreats across England, hosted 'cafe casuals' in Manchester and Bristol, a writing group in Bristol, a workshop at Birmingham Literary Festival and developed an online forum and directory.
We have received Arts Council for 2020 to sustain and develop our network and what we offer, especially in terms of online information and support.
There are many ways in which we support LGBTQ+ writers:
LGBTQ+ Writers' Resource List
Online Writer Directory
Online Writer Forum
Q&As with established LGBTQ+ writers
Opportunity to promote your writing through our networks.
Founder | Coordinator | Facilitator
Paul set up the Out on the Page in 2018 as a way to connect with and find support from other emerging LGBTQ+ writers in and around Bristol. Following the success of that first one-day retreat, he went on to set up retreats in Manchester, London and Birmingham. He made a successful bid to Arts Council England for National Lottery Funding for 2020. He is an Associate Member of The Society of Authors.
Writing under the name Sam Jenks, he writes fiction, auto-fiction, creative non-fiction, often a mash-up of all three. His writing has appeared in Litro and Fruit Journal. He also writes an occasional blog 'Sam Jenks and his Queer Landscapes'. He is currently writing a series of connected stories set in contemporary Japan.
Jo discovered her passion for writing during her teens. Unable to talk to anyone about her sexuality, writing provided Jo with an outlet to express herself. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, Jo has worked in a variety of jobs ranging from painting ceramic plaques to managing the communal areas of apartment blocks.
It wasn’t until turning forty that Jo rediscovered the joy of writing when she started volunteering for the radio station Gaydio. During her four and a half years at Gaydio Jo wrote the brief for the nightly current affairs discussion programme The Exchange and then worked as a broadcast journalist for Gaydio’s arts and culture programme The Sunday Forum. Jo regularly writes pieces for the intranet for her employer Turley on diversity and inclusion and one of her short stories The Visitor was selected by Commonword for their upcoming anthology ‘Indivisible’ which is an exploration of hidden disabilities.
She has always been interested in people and the power of stories. She lives in Cheshire with her wife, son and two dogs.
Shaun Hill has held creative space for adults for a broad range of organisations, including Exeter Pride, The Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Buddhist Centre, Birmingham Literature Festival, and the University of Birmingham.
He is a Young Poet with the Birmingham Hippodrome, a Nine Arches Press mentee; and has performed to crowds across the country at festivals like WOMAD, Shambala, and UK Young Artists Takeover 2019. You can find his work in Magma, Radical Art Review, and on BBC Radio 4.
‘Fresh and visionary writing’ – Cheltenham Poetry Festival
‘Like lying in bed with a lover’ – Malaika Kegode
Find out more at https://warmbloodedthing.co.uk.
Kit is an indie-published YA author who writes speculative fiction centring underdogs, mental health and girls who kiss other girls. Her debut novel Blackout was shortlisted for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Award and longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award, while her work in progress Girl Made of Thorns was also longlisted for the Mslexia award.
She is passionate about contributing to LGBTQ+ and mental health representation in YA, and believes firmly that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in fiction (and to get a happy ending!) Having worked as a mental health nurse since 2009, she brings her day job experience in facilitating groups and workshops to Out on the Page. She lives in Bath with her girlfriend and their two cats.
Powder is a writer, a PhD student, and a researcher of all things pursuant to bargains, exchanges, and compacts of a faery nature. It is inadvisable to attempt to make a deal with him. He has been, in the past, a reluctant cowboy, an Ivy League collegian, and an itinerant marketing professional. Mostly harmless.
He is currently a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. As a result, books on folklore and fairy tales frequently threaten to gobble him up as he strikes out into the woods of academia. The things he’s found so far in the shadows are furnishing the pages of a novel comprised of unequal parts fairy tale and alternate history, somewhere on the border between steampunk and gaslamp fantasy.
Powder writes fiction as Trip Galey. You can find him online at tripgaley.com or on Twitter @tripgaley