A short history of
Out on the Page
Out on the Page was set up in 2018 by me, Paul Bradley-Cong as an experimental project to bring together LGBTQ+ writers to write, support each other and to share information and experience.
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 England funding for 2020 to sustain and develop our network and what we offer. Take a close look at the content of one of our one-day retreats, and, look around our pages on the 'More' button on this page. There are many ways in which we support LGBTQ+ writers:
Time and Space to write
Information sharing including our LGBTQ+ Writers' Resource List
An online Writer Directory
An online writer forum
Q&As with Established LGBTQ+Writers
Opportunity to promote your writing through our networks
We're proud of the feedback we have received:
'A wonderful, stimulating and empowering experience.'
'I felt safe, included and able to share with others.'
'A special atmosphere.'
'I got the writing done that I wanted to do.'
'The day inspired me.'
'This is such an important thing that needs to continue.'
'The day just flowed.'
'The facilitator was so reassuring in their welcome.'
'I feel connected.'
'I've come home on a high.'
'Paul BC (Facilitator) had a genuine interest in us all and our writing.'
'I've made a connection with LGBTQ+ writers across a wide range of experience.'
But it's not just about the plaudits - our writers have also made really good suggestions and we've incorporated them where we can.
This is not just a project for 2020 - we are looking to build and strengthen the voice of LGBTQ+ writers. Come and join our growing network. You don't have to be published, you just need to be passionate about your writing and interesting in connecting with other LGBTQ+ writers. You are not alone.