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Polari: featuring Lesley Thomson

Experience Polari’s unapologetic blend of thought, humour and passion at this midsummer outing of the beloved literary salon featuring Lesley Thomson.

Polari continues to augur the inspiring and the fabulous in LGBTQ+ words and lives.

Lesley Thomson headlines this edition of Polari, following the release of her latest novel The Death Chamber. Plus, we announce the shortlist for The Polari First Book Prize 2018.

When she isn’t writing bestselling novels, Thomson is a tutor on West Dean College’s Writing and Publishing masters course, where she leads weekend classes.

She has also taught at Sussex University, Brighton’s Creative Writing School and has given masterclasses at crime-writing festivals Bloody Scotland and Theakson’s Harrogate.

Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter series has sold over 750,000 copies.

Thomson’s other novels include Ghost Girl, The Detective’s Secret, The Dog Walker and The House with No Rooms, which reached number one in Canada and Australia.

Also reading from their latest works are Patrick Horrigan, Babirye Bukilwa, David Kerby-Kendall and Stephanie Dickinson.

Polari is curated and hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, whose publications include the acclaimed The Black Path (2016). He is currently working on new material and shortly embarks on the 2018 Polari National Tour.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Age recommendation
For ages 16+. Please note that Polari contains adult themes.