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A Night of Black Queer Literature

18 July at 18:30 - 21:30

The RWA hosts
To Read: A night of Black Queer Literature

On Thursday 18 July 2024, 6.30pm, Heron Books is delighted to support this event.
As a farewell celebration, Kiki Bristol* will present an evening of readings and literature, with space for people to listen, reflect and connect.

Line up:

Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer and theatre maker. Their book None of the Above won the Jhalak literary prize, Somerset Maugham award and was listed in TIME Magazines top 100 books of 2023.

Jackson King is a cultural troublemaker, writer and journalist. As a Bajan-Jamaican, a trans man, a bisexual, and a BDSM practitioner born in ‘babylon’ (Britain), his work aims to build and destroy. Disrupting empire logics, cisheteropatriarchy and the politics of purity – while nurturing Black, queer and kink-affirming cultures, King’s work has appeared across the BBC, The Guardian, The iPaper, PinkNews, Metro, Dope Black Queers, Gender Reveal and more.

Dr Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award. His debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award. His second novel, Here Again Now, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award, the Polari Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Diverse Book Awards. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

The evening will be hosted by Kiki’s Dr Myles-Jay Linton and music will be provided by Kiki co-founder DJ Devolicious. The event will also include a facilitated panel discussion with the performers.

You are welcome to join – whether you identify as an LGBTQ person of colour or not. However this event does aim to particularly encourage attendance from people who have traditionally felt marginalised from arts institutions such as RWA. In keeping with RWA policy and ethos, no racism, homophobia, transphobia or any other –ism or schism will be tolerated.

Limited places available – book now to avoid disappointment!

This project has been supported by Bristol Pride Community Fund.

* Kiki Bristol was founded in 2017, as a community organisation providing space for QTIBPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex, Black People & People of Colour) and our friends/family to meet.

Photo credits: Alex Douglas & Griff Townsend

To Read: A night of Black Queer Literature


18 July
18:30 - 21:30
Event Category:


Kiki Bristol


Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX
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