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Polari: Featuring Paul Burston

Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at the LGBTQ+ literary salon, headlined by Polari’s own Paul Burston launching his latest novel.

Burston appears in-conversation with Susie Boyt, acclaimed author of the bestselling memoir, My Judy Garland Life, which has since been adapted for the stage.

Burston’s sixth novel, The Closer I Get is a compulsive psychological thriller about an author with writer’s block and the fan who won’t leave him alone – it is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one ‘like’ away.

Joining Burston for a tantalising literary showcase this evening are Alex Marwood (The Poison Garden), Bethan Roberts (Graceland), Orlando Ortega-Medina (The Death of Baseball) and Kate Davies (In at the Deep End).

Polari is both storybook and comment on queer lives devoted to new and established literary talent. In its twelfth year of residency at Southbank Centre, the award-winning salon is described by the Huffington Post as ‘the most exciting literary movement in London ... crackling with energy, ideas, excitement’.

The salon is curated and hosted by Burston, described by Attitude magazine as ‘easily one of the most important commentators of his generation’.

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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.