International LGBTQ+ Writers Forum | Free
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About the Event
An International Perspective
We want to reach out and help connect LGBTQ+ writers wherever they are in the world. In this experimental but relaxed and and informal forum we will chat about our writing and our experience of writing where we are. We will also get to hear from guest writers from Indonesia, Gibraltar, Turkey, Georgia, Scotland and South Africa. We can learn so much from eachother.
Every part of the schedule will be relaxed and include time for attendees questions or reflections. Our Project Director, Paul Bradley-Cong will co-host with Joanne Whalley, our Associate Programme Facilitator.
Welcome and Introductions
Nuril Basri | Writing from the Sidelines
We explore Nuril's unique writing journey from rural Indonesia to seven published novels, including 'Love, Lies and Indomie' , and, Not a Virgin
Jo Clifford | Teatro Mundo
Scotland based trans playwright talks about her work, her travels and why Teatro Mundo exists.
Nazli Karabiykoglu | LGBTQ+ Writer in Turkey/Georgia
Nazli will present a word collage based on her experience as a queer feminist writer in Turkey and Georgia, stories of other LGBTQ+ voices in Turkey, and scenes from her work-in-progess novel.
Jonathan Pizarro | Out on the Borders
Queer Gibraltarian writer Jonathan will give feedback as designer/tutor from our recent course collaboration 'Out on the Borders' which supported writers to explore the intersections between queerness, place and cultural identity.
Ollie Charles | Introducing Untitled and global journal 'Voices'
Ollie will introduce Untitled's work with under-represented writers and its journal Voices which was launched in 2020.
Greg Homann | In Our Skin
South African playwright Greg will talk about his verbatim theatre project exploring the experience of being gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa and Birmingham,UK.
Small Group Sessions | Sharing, Supporting, Collaborating
This is where we draw on the experience, knowledge and networks of everyone attending. We'll try to address questions such as: How does queer writing happen where you are? How do you reach your readers? What LGBTQ+ writers from where you are should we know about? What should Out on the Page do next re. International collaboration? What can we do to support each other and help each other reach new audiences?
The Guest Writers are:
Greg Homann is an acclaimed South African-born writer, director, and dramaturg whose work focusses on comedy, identity politics, lived experiences of gay men, and prejudice.
Jonathan is an award winning Queer Gibraltarian writer currently living in London. His short fiction has been published in Untitled: Voices, Fruit Journal, and Emerge Literary Journal, with non-fiction in Attitude and Vada.
Jo Clifford is one of the UK’s leading playwrights. She has written 100+ performed plays in every medium, and many have been performed all over the world. She is a proud father and grandmother.
Nuril writes tragicomedy and bildungsroman with the themes around: loneliness, insecurity, friendship, family, and LGBT in Indonesia. Nuril has written seven novels in Indonesian language, some have been translated into English and Malaysian.
Nazli Karabiyikoglu is an author from Turkey, now a resident in Georgia, who secluded herself from the political and gender oppression in Turkey. She was awarded Writer at Residence program in Prague by UNESCO City of Literature 2020 and Writers-in-Exile Scholarship by PEN Germany for 2021-2023. She is represented by Janklow&Nesbit.
Ollie Charles (he/him) is a queer writer who co-founded Untitled, a literary salon for underrepresented writers as well as co-editor of Untitled: Voices, a global online journal.