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International Polari Salon

Monday 1st May
16:00 - 17:30

How do we write “gender”, “sexuality”, the “self” in the 21st century? In the very first International Polari Salon Paul Burston hosts Alexis Gregory and Paula Varjack to explore representations of “identity” in plays, poetry, performance and video art’. Alexis Gregory’s book “Slap” takes us into the world of trans sex worker Dominique to create extraordinary reflections on life. In Letters I Never Sent You, Paula Varjack questions whether we can ever really write ourselves into existence. And Paul Burston’s The Black Path - “an intense, darkly calibrated thriller” - asks, shockingly, whether we ever really know each other.

Paul Burston

Paul Burston is the host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari and founder of The Polari First Book Prize. His books include Shameless (shortlisted for the State of Britain award), Star People, Lovers & Losers (shortlisted for the Stonewall Award) and The Gay Divorcee. His latest novel, The Black Path, was longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.

Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory is a London based actor, playwright, producer and theatre maker. His plays include Slap, Safe, and the upcoming Bright Skin Light exploring the early AIDS crisis in 1980's London. His work has been performed at Channel 4, Soho Theatre, Stratford East, Arcola, The Bush, St James' Theatre and London Theatre Workshop.

Paula Varjack

Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. She has performed at numerous arts festivals and cultural spaces including: Glastonbury Festival, Berlin International Literature Festival and The Photographer's Gallery. She is the creator of the Anti-Slam, a satirical take on Poetry Slams where the lowest score wins.