Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Faber at 90: Poetry Reading by Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Faber at 90: Poetry Reading by Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan @ National Portrait Gallery

To celebrate Faber and Faber’s 90th anniversary, Faber poets Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan read work from their current collections and the work of other Faber poets who have inspired them, including Thom Gunn

This is a National Portrait Gallery event in conjunction with Faber Members, in Faber’s 90th Anniversary year.

Richard Scott grew up in London and studied at the Royal College of Music and at Goldsmiths College. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry mentee, and a member of the Poetry Trust Aldeburgh Eight. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho, his first book of poetry, is shortlisted for the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong who currently lives in London. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English (ignitionpress 2018), is the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Mary Jean is a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, and is an editor of Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2019.

Queer Sorrow: a sad poetry workshop led by Al Anderson @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The general theme of the workshop shall be on ‘queer loneliness’, a deliberately vague category that shall be otherwise left to the imagination of the attendees. I shall invite those participating in the workshop to ‘respond’ to chosen artworks through their own writing. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own poetry, not necessarily reacting to the theme, along with them if they wish to have it read and critiqued (in the most friendly sense) by the group.

Al Anderson is a writer of poetry and prose originally from Birmingham. His writing has appeared in Lighthouse, Sonder, No Issue, Rapsodia, Rapso X and 2 of Pilot Press’ Anthologies: ‘a queer anthology of joy’ and ‘a queer anthology of rage’ and has been translated into Italian and FrenchHe is currently a PhD Candidate at UEA writing about The Baroque, Queer Phenomenology and inaccurate replication in contemporary poetry. He is also a dramaturge and most recently worked on ‘I occur here’ an award winning piece of devised theatre from the South American company, ‘oh dear.’

Activism – open mic poetry night @ The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm
Activism – open mic poetry night @ The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University

Exploring the themes of this year’s Oxford Human Rights Festival (Activism) and LGBTQ+ History Month (History: peace, reconciliation and activism), we invite local poets and Oxford Brookes students to read and perform work inspired by the themes – either by themselves or by other poets.