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    The Polari Prize 2021

    Sat 30 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £5
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    Polari Prize, host Paul Burston

    Hear from brilliant new and established LGBTQ+ writers at our glittering event, hosted by Paul Burston, founder of the Polari literary salon.

    Now in its 11th year, the Polari Prize is the UK’s only book prize for LGBTQ+ writing.

    In 2020, the Polari First Book Prize was won by Amrou Al-Kadhi for their moving memoir Life As A Unicorn and the Polari Prize for a non-debut book was awarded to Kate Davies for her comic novel In At The Deep End.

    They are both judges this year, along with authors Angela Chadwick, Rachel Holmes and VG Lee, literary critic Suzi Feay, poet Keith Jarrett, and Chris Gribble, CEO of the National Centre for Writing.

    The Polari First Book Prize evolved out of the Polari literary salon and is awarded annually to a debut book which explores the LGBTQ+ experience, whether through prose, poetry, fiction or nonfiction. A second prize was added in 2019, open to a non-debut book.

    All genres are eligible, including self-published books, in recognition of the uphill struggle many LGBTQ+ writers still face within the traditional publishing industry. It is open to writers who were born in the UK or Ireland or are based here now.

    The night's literary sparkle includes contributions from former Polari Prize winner Andrew McMillan; 2021 shortlisted nominee Steven Appleby; former Polari Prize nominee and academic Beatrice Hitchman; and poet Nikita Gill.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation/restriction

    For ages 16+

    Tonight’s event includes a dedicated bar for The Polar Prize 2021 bookers.

    Payment at the bar is by card only.

    Dates & times

    Sat 30 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    Approximate run time: 135 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£5*
    • Concessions25%**


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