This afternoon I am holding a writing workshop for ages 14+ in the LGBT centre in Belfast (2-4pm, Waring Street) as part of Outburst Queer Arts Festival. Details here (you might need to scroll down and find my mugshot to click on it- the title is ‘Imagining Ourselves’).
While you’re on that webpage take a look at the other events. Outburst is such a lovely, inclusive, fun festival. It is an absolute privilege to be part of it and I can’t wait to get there today. I took part last year when I did a reading from Widows Row followed by a discussion panel about LGBT issues for young people in education in NI today.
At today’s workshop we’ll be doing some general writing exercises (one of which will involve a banana) and we’ll also have a chat about LGBT representation in Young Adult fiction. How many novels for young people have LGBT characters from Northern Ireland? And if we can’t think of any, maybe we should write our own! It will be a fun and relaxed couple of hours and I can’t wait to meet everyone. Please drop in if you’re interested. The session is free.