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Glitter Boy – Cancelled.

We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled.

Polari-Prize-winning author Ian Eagleton talks about his heart-warming and inclusive story about a boy who struggles to assert his identity and sexuality in the face of opposition from school bullies and his own father. 

 James loves dancing, poetry, and Mariah Carey (not in that order, though, because Mariah would obviously be first!). His teacher, Mr Hamilton, is getting married to his boyfriend and it seems that James will be part of a surprise choir performance at the wedding. But James’s father seems uncomfortable about the plan, and a lot of other things – like any mention of Mr Hamilton, and James’s dancing, and how James talks about his new friend Joel.  

 Meanwhile, a different boy has been harassing James at school and calling him gay, and it’s getting worse every day. James can find relief with his beloved Nan, she’s been having worrying falls, and James can’t tell anyone, or she might be sent to a faraway care home. The secrets are building up, and James is starting to lose his characteristic spark. Can he find the strength to let the truth out? 

Poignant, defiantly fabulous story” The Guardian 

Ian Eagleton is the author of the acclaimed picture book Nen and the Lonely Fisherman, which was shortlisted for The Bookseller’s Book of the Year – Discovery Category 2022. 

Ian will be in conversation with Paul Burston, bestselling writer and host of the award-winning Polari LGBTQ+ literary salon and Polari prizes.


We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled.



Out + Loud Open Mic 

An open mic night for queer performers of all kinds, hosted by poetic comedian Zee.  

 From music to poetry, comedy to cabaret, email [email protected] to reserve a five-minute slot, or sign up on the night! Allies welcome to cheer on.

Out + Loud is a Huddersfield-based queer arts collective that aims to build local queer community and platforms for emerging talent. 


Note: this event will follow Polari: Celebrating LGBTQ+ writing talent. 


Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  


Date: Saturday 27 April 

Time: 9pm-10.30pm 

Venue: Small Seeds, Castlegate (New Street junction), HD1 2UD 

Tickets: Free (booking recommended) 

Age Guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/small-seeds  

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