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Queering the Folk: Black British and Caribbean LGBT Writers Now – Coffeehouse
15th February 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm£3
Our Coffee House evenings are back with a bang!
Dr Sarah Lawson Welsh is leading the discussion on how writers such as Jackie Kay, Marlon James, Patience Agbabi and Dorothea Smartt explore the complexities of being black and LGBT in contemporary and historical contexts.
In A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women Booker prize-winning novelist, Marlon James, explores the complexities of being black and LGBT against a background of conservative attitudes and intense state ‘policing’ of sexuality in his home island of Jamaica. Such is the homophobic climate in many parts of the Caribbean that writers choose to move abroad rather than remain. Yet, fluid and more accommodating sexualities beyond the binary ‘queer-straight’ clearly exist and have long existed in the Caribbean as British-Barbadian LGBT poet, as Dorothea Smartt’s wryly funny poems in Reader, I married him & Other queer goings-on attest. How do LGBT writers map issues of sexuality and same-sex desire onto the matrix of race, class and gender that already divides them? Patience Agbabi (Transformatrix, Bloodshot Monochrome), Dean Atta (I am Nobody’s Nigger) and Jackie Kay (The Adoption Papers, Other Lovers) all write about sexuality and landscapes of desire in a more familiar British context. Whilst Atta’s collection combines both angry and reflective poems dealing with race, queer sexuality and life in London, Agbabi experiments with spoken voice and performance and Kay explores same sex desire and identity in a range of historical and contemporary contexts.
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