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Leeds Virtual LGBT+ Lit Fest

5-11 July 2021

This virtual, weeklong event was a celebration of LGBTQIA+ literature and activism. This event was held as the Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival (prior to rebranding as LGBT+ Lit Fest) with contributions from around the world.

Thank you to Leeds Inspired for helping fund this event, and to all the volunteers and contributors who have made this event possible.

Content that is available after the event:




The programme from this event, with full details including the biographies of all our contributors, you can check out our virtual programme here.

You can also download a plain text pdf of the programme here or email for a large text version.

A List of Our Live Events

Monday 5 July

8pm ENBY

An excerpt of a play by Hope Shooter.
Pre-recorded video shown on YouTube Live.

Available here from 8pm Mon 5 July: Now available on YouTube.

Tuesday 6 July

7.30-9.30pm Yorkshire LGBTQ+ People of Faith: Books and Belief

This is a literature focused, LGBTQ+ multi-faith event taking place on Zoom.

We will hear from LGBTQ+ speakers from Hidayah LGBT, Sarbat LGBT and Queer Theology. This will be followed by a chance for questions, then an open discussion for attendees.

Wednesday 7 July

6.30-7.30pm Leeds LGBT+ Book Club  

This is a live book club meet up to discuss Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi via Zoom.


Thursday 8 July

3-5pm Leeds LGBT+ Older Persons’ Book Group

This is a live book group event for older and isolated LGBTQIA+ people via Zoom. Joe will lead a discussion about queer literature and the group will consider some diverse and representative queer poems together.


7-8.30pm Louis Glazzard's Poetry Workshop: Exploring Identity

Join Louis Glazzard for this interactive workshop exploring identity through poetry.

Friday 9 July

2pm Aida H Dee – The Three Goats United (Family Friendly)

Join Drag Queen Story Hour UK’s Aida H Dee for a reading of her children’s book The Three Goats United.

7.30pm Subjective Silhouettes

Subjective Silhouettes will be bringing us a pre-recorded performance event showcasing disabled queer artists.
Now available on YouTube.


Saturday 10 July

1-2.30pm A Queer Zine Making Workshop with Holly Casio

Presented by Thought Bubble, we will be joined by Holly Casio on Zoom for a queer zine making workshop, including a talk about zines, and in particular the "power of queer zines", followed by an interactive workshop. Open to all ages.


7-10pm Cocktails & Fxxx Tales

Strictly over 18s only

Cocktails & Fxxx Tales is an inclusive performance night celebrating the underrated artform of dirty storytelling. This event will take place on Zoom.

Sunday 11 July

11am Bold Strokes Books

Thom Seddon will lead this live panel event with several Bold Strokes Books sci-fi and fantasy authors discussing LGBTQ+ writing in the fantasy genre. This event will take place as a Zoom webinar, including a live Q&A
Now available on YouTube.


7.30pm Speak Out: A QTIPOC Spoken Word Event

Speak Out will be showcasing spoken word performances by LGBT+ Black people and People of Colour.
Pre-recorded video shown on YouTube Live.

Available here from 7.30pm Sun 11 July: Now available on YouTube.

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