London Queer Writers is a network aiming to provide developmental, educational, social and performance opportunities for LGBTQIA writers. The network welcomes people from a variety of writing backgrounds, but focuses on enhancing their practice through the medium of poetic form (both spoken word and page). Our writing network currently includes poets, playwrights, journalists and academics. To find out about specific events, please visit:
- A monthly writing workshop for up to 20 LGBTQIA people of any gender. Cost of tickets: free. We book a private upstairs room in an East London pub, where our facilitator leads exciting individual and group writing exercises. This is followed by an opportunity for the attendees to share their work with each other. This space is not only highly developmental, but also tailored to build friendship through the shared creative expression of personal experiences.
- A monthly open mic night called SPEAK= (pronounced Speak Equal). Cost of tickets: free. This is a chance for 8 LGBTQIA poets (and allies) to share their work in a 5 minute performance slot each. The open micers receive video recordings and optional feedback on their performances after the show. One open micer gets picked as the audience favourite at each event, which wins them a chance to perform at our end of year showcase.At every event, there are also two 10 minute slots for writers who have regularly attended our network events. Perhaps the most appealing element of our SPEAK= event is the 20 minute performance given by our paid feature. Our feature performer is always LGBTQIA identifying and has standing in the spoken word poetry scene. The audience gets a 10 minute Q&A with them to finish off the evening.
- A monthly social. Cost of tickets: free. We hold informal meetups for anyone interested in the network. This gives our LGBTQIA writers a chance to get to know each other, further building a sense of safety, familiarity and welcome within the network. Our socials have included drinks, gigs, food outings, house parties and more.
- Promote LGBTQIA writers, articles and events on our social media pages.