Penguin Pride comes to London, Brighton and Manchester

Penguin Pride comes to London, Brighton and Manchester

Penguin Pride is hosting three festival-style shows in London, Brighton and Manchester this summer in partnership with Gay Times and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

Building on the first Penguin Pride event in London last year, the shows will feature live readings from some of Penguin’s LGBTQ authors alongside up-and-coming literary talent, spoken word performances from poets, musical performances from queer artists and pop-up bookshops.

The aim is to celebrate and encourage diversity and inclusion in every location as well as to champion local voices and influencers and to highlight the importance of LGBTQ literature.

£1 of every ticket sale will go towards the work of The Albert Kennedy Trust, a national LGBTQ youth homelessness charity.

Prices vary slightly. A standard ticket in London will cost £17.50, while standard tickets in Brighton and Manchester are £16 and £12 respectively.

The London event will be hosted at Cargo in Shoreditch and takes place on Thursday 5th July (6.30pm doors, 7.30pm start). Hosted by poet and playwright Toby Campion, artists on the bill include Jay Bernard and Dizraeli, writer Matthew Todd and musician Kal Lavelle.

The Brighton event takes place on Wednesday 25th July (6.45pm doors, 7.30pm start) at the venue Komedia and is also hosted by Campion. The line-up similarly features writers Bernard, Dizraeli and Todd, as well as trans campaigner Fox Fisher among others.

The Manchester event is scheduled for Thursday 23rd August at Z-Arts. With Campion hosting, writers on the bill include Paul Flynn and Kirsty Logan.

The full line-up and tickets are available on the Penguin website.