Queer Contact: Outspoken at Contact

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Writer Dean Atta (credit 2015 Hussina Raja).
Writer Dean Atta. Photo by Hussina Raja.

Queer Contact – Outspoken at Contact Theatre, Manchester 11 February 2023 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

Outspoken takes place only during Contact Theatre’s annual Queer Contact Festival, so make sure you grab the chance to catch this special showcase of some of the North West’s finest queer spoken word artists and poets.

Part of flagship LGBTQ arts festival Queer Contact 2023, a spellbinding evening of performance is promised.

Part of flagship LGBTQ arts festival Queer Contact 2023, a spellbinding evening of performance is promised at the newly renovated theatre on the Oxford Road Corridor. The performers for this year’s Outspoken are yet to be revealed, but previous line-ups have included such luminaries as Burning Eye Books-published Paula Varjack, Peepal Tree Press poet Maya Chowdhury and Gerry Potter, who has a number of tomes of “pomes” (as he calls them) out with Salford-based independent Flapjack Press.

Previous Outspokens have also welcomed award-winning writer, publisher and creative producer, and LGBT History Month Poet Laureate, Young Enigma’s Adam ‘Beyoncé’ Lowe as compère, and “one of the leading lights in London’s poetry scene” (Huffington Post) and Polari First Book Prize-shortlisted I Am Nobody’s Nigger and The Black Flamingo author Dean Atta, running a creative writing workshop for extra points.

Queer Contact – Outspoken at Contact Theatre, Manchester 11 February 2023 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

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