Spoken word & Live literature
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London’s award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari returns to WOW. Now in its eleventh year, Polari has been showcasing the best in established and emerging LGBTQ+ literary talent since 2007.

This year’s event is headlined by award-winning poet and short story writer Jen Campbell, hosted by author Paul Burston, and features a line-up exploring gender, sexuality and what it means to be a woman today.

Jen Campbell is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her debut short story collection, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, is published by Two Roads.

The line-up also features:

Christine Burns MBE, celebrated trans activist, author and editor of the new book Trans Britain.

Sophia Blackwell, acclaimed performance poet and author of a novel and two poetry collections.

Angela Clerkin, actress, writer and theatre-maker whose plays include The Secret Keeper.

V.A. Fearon, Black British queer crime writer.

Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out
Author, Sarah Waters
Polari is a unique mix of voices that provokes the strongest responses from its audience – love, laughter, tears, but most of all, thought
Author, Val McDermid
The most exciting literary movement in London... crackling with energy, ideas, excitement
The Huffington Post
I love doing Polari – a blend of audience sweetness, panache, cleverness and really good fun
Author, Ali Smith

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


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