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Out on the Page is a catalyst for change; to connect, develop and promote LGBTQ+ writers and writing.
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Out on the Page is a catalyst for change; to connect, develop and promote LGBTQ+ writers and writing.
Connecting Writers
Developing
Promoting
'LGBTQ+ writing is rich open territory'

- Russel T Davies

Our vision

A world where LGBTQ+ writing in all its forms, is more visible, where LGBTQ+ writers feel less isolated and more able to be themselves.

 

Where the LGBTQ+ voice matters. Where publishers and others in the writing industry are more visible in their support of LGBTQ+ writing which is often underrepresented.

 

Where there are safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ writers online and in person. 

 

Where LGBTQ+ writers are more empowered to define their measures of success, develop the quality of their writing, engage with the business side of writing and reach their desired audiences.

Uniqueness

Being a queer writer is different, queer writing is different.

 

Inclusive

Proactively engaging with diversity, seeking to work with LGBTQ+ writers from all backgrounds irrespective of sex, gender, age, race, disability, religion or belief, or class/socio-economic background. 

 

Safe

We work in a way, including online and in-person that is safe for LGBTQ+ writers.

 

Environmental

We actively seek to minimize the environmental impact of our work.

Our values

The team behind Out on the Page
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Associate Facilitator and Membership Administration
Paul Bradley
Founder  |  Artistic Director

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. He is an experienced writitng event and workshop facilitator. He oversees the artistic direction of the project. In Dec 2020 Paul joined the Board of Trustees of Literature Works, the Regional Writing Agency for South-West England.

 

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, Fruit Journal and Queerlings. He is currently writing a series of connected stories set in contemporary Japan.

https://samjenkswriter.carrd.co

Jo Leigh-Lock

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. One of her short stories The Visitor was selected by Commonword for their upcoming anthology ‘Indivisible’ which is an exploration of hidden disabilities.

As well as assisting in developing Out on the Page's events programme, Jo is a member of the Manchester International Festival People's Forum and is an Associate with Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Louis Glazzard
Digital Marketing Associate

Louis was raised working-class in Yorkshire, England where he discovered writing poetry and fiction. He studied an English Literature BA at Newcastle University and decided when he left, to pursue a career in marketing, which led him to work in a variety of commercial and corporate marketing settings. 

 

After moving to Manchester in 2019, Louis decided to begin sharing his poetry with the world. He writes on topics such as sexuality, relationships, technology, and grief. His poems have appeared in various literary journals and magazines including Untitled: Voices and Polari Press as well as many others. In 2020 Louis left his B2B marketing role when he was the recipient of an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant. Through this grant, he facilitated a multitude of LGBTQ+ writing workshops and developed his debut poetry collection: Human Men which is due to be released in September 2021. 

 

Louis now hopes to use his marketing skills to spread important messages for organisations that matter such as Out on the Page. As well as being a Social Media Co-ordinator for Out on the Page he is currently working as a BBC New Creative, a workshop facilitator and a freelance writer.

Facilitator  |  Admin Associate
The advisory panel 
We have access to invaluable advice and guidance from a range of experts across the arts who have volunteered their time to support the development of Out on the Page so we are a catalyst for your writing 
Meet some our guest writers