Award-winning LGBT event returns to Huddersfield

Polari returns to the Huddersfield Literature Festival

Exciting, thought provoking, moving, funny: Polari is all these things and more – and it’s making a welcome return to Huddersfield.


Hosted by award-winning journalist and novelist, Paul Burston, Polari showcases the work of LGBT novelists, short story writers and poets, and has a broad appeal to anyone who enjoys an entertaining night out with excellent performers.


Following its success at the 2014 Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF2014), Polari Up North will be returning to the town on Saturday 7 March as part of HLF2015.


Established as a popular, award-winning monthly salon at London’s South Bank Centre, Polari had not previously ventured further north than Watford. Following HLF2014, Polari received an Arts Council grant to embark on a UK tour.


Festival Director Michelle Hodgson said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to host the first ever Polari in the north and we’re thrilled that Paul Burston will be returning with a new set of authors for HLF2015. Polari Up North was one of the highlights of this year’s festival and we are looking forward to another highly entertaining evening of performances next March.”


Host of Polari, Paul Burston, said: “Presenting Polari at Huddersfield Literature Festival was one of the high points of the past year. The festival was so well organised, the audience was warm and receptive and the performers involved all really enjoyed the experience. I’m looking forward to returning to Huddersfield with another exciting lineup.”




The performers for 2015 are:

Rosie Garland – Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie is a novelist and poet, sings in post-punk band The March Violets and performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen.

c. Jonathan Bean



VG Lee – Critically acclaimed author of four novels and a collection of short stories, VG Lee recently won the Ultimate Planet Award for Best Author 2014 and is a regular contributor to The Lady Magazine.






Diriye Osman – A British-Somali short story writer, essayist, critic and visual artist, Diriye Osman won the 2014 Polari First Book Prize with his critically acclaimed debut, Fairytales For Lost Children.

c. Bahareh Hosseini



Gerry Potter – Currently touring his new book of autobiographical theatre verse, The Chronicles of Folly Butler, Gerry Potter has been wowing audiences nationally with his own unique brand of domestic-fantastic free verse.





The 2015 event will take place on Saturday 7 March at 7.45pm (doors 7pm) in the Byram Arcade, in partnership with The Blue Rooms, which will remain open for refreshments during the evening. Tickets priced at £5 (£2.50 conc) are now on sale from the Lawrence Batley Theatre box office (; 01484 430 528).






“The most exciting literary movement in London... crackling with energy, ideas, excitement” – Huffington Post

Named one of the world’s best LGBT events by ART INFO. Winner ‘LGBT Cultural Event of the Year’ in the Co-operative Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013. Winner ‘Golden Kitty Award’ for ‘Best UK Event (Local)’ 2013

“Lively, funny and inspiring – a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent. Paul Burston’s achievement in consistently bringing together writers and performers who will stimulate and inspire is remarkable” – Patrick Gale

“Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out” – Sarah Waters