Talks & debates

Polari: First Book Prize

Part of London Literature Festival

Celebrated LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari returns to London Literature Festival, marking its 10th year in residence at Southbank Centre.

Come along to hear some of the most exciting new voices depicting Queer hearts and worlds, including multi-award winning author of Gluck: Her Biography, Diana Souhami.

Souhami is also the author of Gertrude and Alice, Greta and Cecil, The Trials of RadclyffeHall (shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and winner of the US Lambda Literary Award), the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter (also winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Selkirk’s Island (winner of the Whitbread Biography Award), Coconut Chaos, Natalie and Romaine, Edith Cavell (winner of the East Anglian Book of the Year), Murder at Wrotham Hill (shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger) and Gwendolen: a novel. She is currently writing a book about lesbians and modernism.

Tonight she talks about Gluck, who is the subject of a major exhibition at the Brighton Art Gallery opening in November.

Tonight will also feature readings by Paul Harfleet, Julie Bindel, Roelof Bakker and V.A. Fearon.

Also this evening the winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2017 is revealed and this year is presented by celebrated television presenter, actress and writer, Janet Ellis.

Polari is hosted by notable author and journalist, Paul Burston and is currently touring the UK, funded by Arts Council England.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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