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SPOKE: New Queer Voices

SPOKE: New Queer Voices

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SPOKE: New Queer Voices brings together some of the very best young writers working today. United yet multiple, together but disparate, the writers herein encompass a range of genres and styles. Inside you’ll find essays, poems, plays, a song, a map and a comic. Themes include love, dance, drag, social justice, family and social media.

SPOKE puts the words and voices of a new generation of LGBT writers alongside each other to create a dialogue and to capture a turning point.

Collected here are many of the best entries to the Young Enigma Awards along with a selection of specially commissioned writers.

The writers here assembled include:

Jamal Gerald • Caleb Everett • Poet Brownie
James Hodgson • Ushiku Crisafulli • Rebecca Swarray
Jane Bradley • David Tait • Jackie Hagan • Mitch Kellaway
Jude Orlando Enjolras • Tara Ali Din • Andrew McMillan
Jamie Clayborough • Okechukwu Ndubisi • Markie Burnhope
Leo Adams • Maisy Moran • Lucy Middlemass • Blythe Cooper
Nathan L W Hughes • Nik Way • Sinead Cooper • Kat Day
Rei Haberberg • Imani Sims • Keith Jarrett • Barnaby Callaby
Bryony Bates • Janette Ayachi • Olivia Smith • Adam Lowe
Michael Atkins • Rylan Cavell

Young Enigma is a grassroots literature project which has been funded by Arts Council England, Commonword and Manchester Pride. The Young Enigma Awards include the Allan Horsfall Prize for LGBT young writers
from the North West of England, supported by Archives+ at Manchester Central Library; and the Barbara Burford Prize for LGBT emerging writers across the UK, supported by Commonword.