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 LGBTQIA people of any gender. Cost of tickets: free or Pay As You Feel. All events are currently online, 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: £3. Again currently hosted online via Zoom and Facebook Live stream, this is a chance for 6 LGBTQIA poets (and allies) to share their work in a 5 minute performance slot each. Perhaps the most appealing element of our SPEAK= event is the two 10 minute performances given by our paid features. Our feature performers are always LGBTQIA identifying and have standing in the spoken word poetry scene. The audience gets a 10 minute Q and A with them to finish off the evening.
We have a private Workshop Community on Facebook to foster sharing and creativity in an LGBTQ+ safe space.
Our Social Media Pages promote LGBTQIA writers, articles and events.