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Polari Prizes awarded to Angela Chadwick and Andrew McMillan

At a ceremony at the Southbank Centre in London last night, Polari awarded its two prizes to author Angela Chadwick and poet Andrew McMillan.

Angela Chadwick’s dystopian novel XX, which explores the idea of female-only fertilisation, was awarded the Polari First Book Prize for work by new writers.

Playtime, Andrew McMillan’s latest poetry collection, was awarded the inaugural Polari Prize for established writers. In a powerful speech, he talked about growing up under the shadow of Section 28 and writing the kind of book he wished he’d been able to read when he was young.

The awards, which are for LGBT+ authors or for works that explore the LGBT+ experience, were announced by judges Cerys Evans, John McCullough, VG Lee and this year’s Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo.

Highlights included former Polari First Book Prize winner John McCullough reading from his third – and new – collection Reckless Paper Birds, cartoonist Kate Charlesworth giving an illustrated talk about LGBT rights since the 1950s to the present day and Tracey Thorn sharing her journey from suburbia to pop stardom.

For more information, visit: https://www.polarisalon.com/polari-prize

The founder of the Polari prizes and Polari Literary Salon, Paul Burston, will be returning to our Festival in Huddersfield on Wednesday 25 March to host Polari Up North, our annual LGBT+ evening of performance from poets, novelists and other writers. Tickets will go on sale in the next few months.

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