Join us for FREE writing workshops!

LGBT Writers

We’re looking for budding LGBT writers to perform at Pride on Saturday 2nd August in the Pride Literature & Spoken Word tent. If you are new to writing come to one of our FREE writing workshops where you can hone up your skills for writing and perform your work at Pride:

July 17th – Brighton Jubilee Library (16-19only) 5.00-7.00pm
July 26th – Brighton Jubilee Library 10.30- 12.30pm
July 28th – Lewes Library 6.00-8.00pm
To book a place email:


Queer in Brighton anthology has launched!

One of our lovely founders, Maria Jastrzębska, has edited a new anthology of oral histories, essays, creative writing and photography together with Anthony Luvera which was published by New Writing South together with Photoworks and Pink Fringe. 

You can learn more here:

Queer Writing South is incredibly exited to be part of Brighton Pride!

Writers – Get Ready for the First Ever

Pride Literature Tent!!

We’re looking for LGBT writers and performance poets both new and experienced to perform at Pride on Saturday 3rd August in the first ever Pride Literature & Spoken Word tent, alongside National and Local Prizewinning Authors.

If you want to prepare yourself to show off your talent or write something new to perform then come to our FREE writing workshops where you can hone up your skills for writing and performing:

July24th – Lewes Library                                    1.30-3.30pm

July 24th – Allsorts Youth Project        (16-25only)     6.30-9.30pm

July 25th – Brighton Marlborough Theatre         7.00-9.00pm

To book a place call: 01273 296934 or email:

This event is brought to you by your libraries in Brighton & Hove & East Sussex and is funded by the Arts Council England.


Maria`s new book “At The Library of Memories”

Maria Jastrzębska will be reading from her new collection
At The Library of Memories (Waterloo Press 2013)
on Thursday January 24th at 7.45pm (doors open 7pm)
with Christine Cohen Park & Andrea Samuelson
at the Needlemakers Cafe, West St, Lewes
Tickets £5/£3 more info
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Skylark Bookshop
and also during LGBT History Month
at Envy above Charles St bar
with John McCullough, Vince Laws, Max Wallis
on Sunday 17th at 4pm (doors open 3.30)
Tickets £7/5 £1 from each ticket goes to Rainbow Fund

Queer events in the new year!

Queer Writing South is exited about a couple of events that are coming up in the new year – safe the date!

          At Envy nightclub above the Charles St bar:
              Sunday 3 February

Rose Collis with her one woman show Trouser Wearing Characters. Doors open 5.30pm, show starts 6pm prompt, 50 minute show, £7/£5 concs (£1 from every ticket goes to the Rainbow Fund)


Sunday 17 February

Poets Vince Laws, Maria Jastrzebska, John McCullough and Max Wallis, plus Open Mike. Doors open 3.30pm, show starts 4pm, 2 hours including short interval. £7/£5 concs (£1 from every ticket goes to the Rainbow Fund)


Sunday 24 February

Poets Trudy Howson, Jay Walker, others to be confirmed, plus Open Mike, The ‘L’ Word, an interactive poetry event for women and their male guests. Doors open 3.30pm, show starts 4pm, 2 hours including short interval. £7/£5 concs (£1 from every ticket goes to the Rainbow Fund)

Places available at the queer writing workshop with Shaun Levin on 17th November, 1-6pm at The Lighthouse.

The workshop will gather together a collection of stories, writings and musings on queer life in Brighton. No previous writing experience is needed – just a passion for a good story and your memories and thoughts about being queer and being here.

You are welcome to bring photos, flyers, CD’s – any memorabilia that evokes memories and discussion.

If you would like to come along, drop Lesley an email or call 01273 735353 to book a place.

For more information about the workshop or about Queer in Brighton please visit

LGBT artists speak out – queer state of the art at Brighton Museum

The daring artists Ajamu X , Campbell X, Sadie Lee, Brian Lobel, Eddie Peake, Sarah Pucill , James Richards will discuss their take on queer sexuality, intimacy, love and race in twenty-first century Britain.

Photo: Ajamu X , Three Graces, 2012

A Town Meeting on the Queer State-of-the-Art at Brighton Museum

Old Courthouse, Brighton Museum , 118 Church Street, Brighton 14 November, 1 – 6 pm, entry free

Through the artists’ presentations of their lives and work, we intend to explore the queer state of the art and the queer mentality in British visual culture. Participating artists include Sadie Lee, known for her paintings of lesbian and transgender characters, Ajamu X, exhibiting photographs of black gay male sexuality, Eddie Peake, a performance artist portraying male nudity, Sarah Pucill, whose images of queer femininity are very moving, James Richard, a video artist whose installations deal with intimate subject matter, Campbell X celebrated for films about black lesbian identity and Brian Lobel, who creates bold performances about our bodies.

There is a renewal of interest in queer issues — nationally and internationally — regarding civil rights, anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage. At the same time, new views and experiences of sexuality, such as sexual and gender fluidity, and sexual relationships will be debated and contested. The artists deal with these questions in their works which reflect on the historical processes that brought us to this point of rupture. They experiment with images of male, female and transgender eroticism, in the psyche and through embodiment, which express queer pleasure and pain. Through their portraits and self-portraits they examine our contemporary sense of the complexities of the self and its sensibilities.

At the present moment of economic crisis, gripped as we are by the forces of social and political conservatism, we need more activism in queer politics and creativity in queer art. The event will be a platform for thinking about queer issues and creating a new art to bring about a fairer society for queer culture.

This event is co-organised by the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (Jenny Lund) and the University of Sussex’s Centre for Visual Fields (John David Rhodes), Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence (Rachel O’Connell, Pawel Leszkowicz).

Queer in Brighton workshops

Queer in Brighton is a heritage project celebrating our city’s unspoken histories and how these have shaped, and continue to shape, the place where we live and play.

They are looking for people to share stories, learn new skills and help identify and celebrate the many individual meanings of what it is to be LGBT/Queer in Brighton. There are lots of different ways you can get involved, learn new skills and meet new people.

To learn more about Queer in Brighton or find out how you can get involved




call  01273 735353

Queer in Brighton is offering the following opportunities in November:

Oral History Workshop with Lorraine Sitzia

Join us for an  informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing with an opportunity to handle recording equipment and discuss some of the issues around oral history, life stories and memory. Places are limited to twelve so please apply early. No previous experience of oral history is required – just a keen interest in our queer history.

11th Nov 10.00am-5.00pm at The Writers Place (New Writing South),

9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT

A Gathering of Stories with Shaun Levin

How has Brighton informed and shaped your identity as a queer person? Join us for an afternoon of conjuring stories, telling them, and writing them down. Be inspired and reminded, discover, share and learn new ways of shaping stories.

In this gathering of writers, storytellers and story-makers, we will savour and save stories to celebrate and honour the ordinary, the everyday and the fabulous.

Bring photos, letters, texts – anything that helps summon the past, witness the present and unravel the threads of love, sex, masculinity, femininity, home and belonging from the tapestry of being Queer in Brighton. No previous writing experience is required.

17th Nov 1.00pm – 6.00pm at Lighthouse,

28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ

To book a place on either workshop call 01273 735353 or write to