On Safari in Queer Writing


Ok, so I'm a bit nervous about using the word safari. I don't mean it in the hunting and killing sense, nor the taking of trophy photos during some imperialist playtime on the plains of Africa. I'm taking the Swahili meaning 'journey' which itself seems to originate from the Arabic سفر (safar), journey. I'm thinking about the thrilling journey that I've been on this week after I put aside some time to read the writing that has been shared by Members of our Forum.


I want to convey the wildness of this week's reading experience; writing and forms of writing that are sometimes new to me, sometimes raw, often uncompromising and experimental. Our queer voices in stand-up comedy, a radio play set in the 20th century, a childrens book about a pug, an essay on how literary criticism has largely ignored the queerness in the work of WG Sebald, travel writing beautifully layered with history - our history, responses to the current Covid-dystopia, asexual fairy tales, memoir and autofiction mash-ups.


If you're an LGBTQ+ writer or involved in LGBTQ+ writing, maybe a publisher, small press, agent, editor, academic, become a Member of Out on the Page and explore the growing range of writing and writers that are there in our Forum.


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Since then, we have held one-writing retreats, workshops, groups and cafe casual meetings across England.  We have also set up an online writer directory and forum for emerging LGBTQ+ writers.
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