Local storyteller Alex Ultradish (pictured 6th down on right) is a finalist in the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE) in the category of Best Newcomer 2013. You can vote for her! The voting closes on 1st October and takes place at www.storyawards.org.uk. You can experience her amazing storytelling talents at booQfest on Saturday AND Sunday. See our Schedule for times.
Welcome to booQfest - Northampton's LGBT Literary Festival.
Taking place at The Royal & Derngate Theatres, the festival celebrates a Queer perspective of the written and spoken word. For a whole weekend, (13th,14th & 15th September) Northampton town centre will be buzzing with the booQfest bug!
We have some of our favourite 2012 authors returning to Northampton (because they loved it so much the first time!) We're pleased to invite back V G Lee (Always You, Edina) and Joseph Lidster (Wizards vs Aliens, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood). This year, one of the themes explored by booQfest is performance of the written word. In fact, to open the festival, critically-acclaimed writer Rose Collis will be performing her original cabaret-style musical show 'Trouser-Wearing Characters'. V G Lee will be here to help us explore how play writing is contributing to the Queer conversation by treating us to an excerpt from her one-woman play The Lady of the Wild West Hill which she performed at Brighton Fringe in May. She will also take part in a panel discussion with other playwrights and script writers including Mark O'Connell (Catching Bullets - Memoirs of a Bond Fan).
Riding on the success of writing for the brilliant and original CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens, Mr Lidster will join Mr Russell with other authors including Lesley Davis to discuss the mysteries behind their specialist genre - Fanstasy! Speaking of fantasy, we are very excited about having our first graphic novelist attend booQfest - Martin Eden. He will be creating gay, lesbian and trans superheroes just for you! And Crin Claxton will be around on Sunday 15th to talk about hir latest ghost whispering book The Supernatural Detective.
Some of the solo author appearance so far include Paul Burston (The Gay Divorcee) coming to talk about his work and this years Polari First Book Prize, gay soldier James Wharton will read from his latest book and chat about what it is like to be gay in the army and Musa Okwonga will talk about homophobia in Sport and playing for Stonewall.
Another event not to be missed is Project OUT140 created by Shelly Telly. In this hour, on Sunday 15th at 3pm, we will explore coming out stories told in 140 characters or less (the character limit of a Tweet). Shelly has collected 140 of them in a tiny book called "OUT140: The Little Book of Coming Out Stories" which costs £1.40. Her choir have even put some of them to music!
Add to that more solo author book readings, Q&A sessions, book signings, workshops some Storytelling from the fabulous Alex Ultradish, and it's already looking to be a great weekend - and all completely FREE!
Cllr Tony Ansell