A Wee Blether about Scotland's (LGBTQ) Literature

Friday 22 November | 19-20:30

Edinburgh Panel Event / Author Reading

Paid (ticketed)

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

0131 662 9112

Book lovers from across generations will discuss the changing landscape of LGBTQ literature in Scotland.

We're gathering some of our favourite bookish pals for a panel on Scotland's evolving literary landscape! Today we have books with gay protagonists, by non-binary writers, from queer presses on our shelves and on display in our windows. In this same city there was a time when readers bought James Baldwin in brown paper bags slipped under bar counters. What, and who, shaped this transition? Where do we go from here?

We'll be talking about the stories – in print and performance – that we love, that we hate, that shaped us, that pushed boundaries or are best forgotten. We'll be talking about Lesbian YA fiction, performing coming-out poems on the BBC, publishing new and exciting voices for a new generation and MORE!

In the spirit of the Book Week Scotland 'Conversation' theme, there will be ample opportunity to chat and meet new people curious about LGBTQ writing! We'll have a wee crafty twist to the end of the night too...

Venue information

Lighthouse Bookshop

43-45 West Nicolson Street


Wheelchair access: we have a portable wheelchair ramp, which we are always more than happy to put out (just tap the front window, and we’ll spring into action); we also lay it down the front step an hour before all events. Our ramp has a 300kg carrying capacity and a usable width of 77.5cm; it has a 1:6 ratio, which may not be suitable for all electric wheelchairs (sorry – the pavement is pretty narrow!). The shop itself is laid out so that a reader in (most) wheelchairs can do a full circuit of the shop. There is at least 90cm+ of navigable space through most of the shop, although the arches into the fiction room only have a width of 77cm. Guidance for individuals with visual impairment: our booksellers are all very happy to give guidance around the shop, read out blurbs and compile as well as walk through recommendations for anyone with a visual impairment. We do not carry stock of large print books or audio books/CDs but we are always very happy to order these in. Sound/hearing: we don’t play background music throughout the shop, although we sometimes play songs from the till computer, if you prefer silence we are always happy to switch the tunes off. We will have a hearing loop installed in 2019. None of our staff are proficient with BSL (yet!), we try as a rule to speak clearly and face customers when we are talking to help with speech reading if necessary, and we do keep a whiteboard/whiteboard markers by the till so we can chat in writing – please just let us know what method of communication you prefer and we’ll do our best. We are planning to have a few events per season with a BSL interpreter. These will be flagged up here and on the event page. If you require BSL interpretation, if you give us 3 weeks' notice before any event you are interested in, we will do our absolute best to arrange an interpreter. Seating: we have a window seat in fiction, and a few comfy seats scattered throughout the shop for anyone who needs a rest. Toilet: we do have a toilet available to customers, although it is worth noting that it is in the basement of the shop and can only be accessed down a spiral staircase. Events: we always have seating at events, latecomers may need to stand if an event is oversubscribed. If you need to sit, please arrive early, and if you have a preference on where you are seated simply call or email the shop in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. Our seats have back support but no armrests. We do have an office chair we are happy to put out, just get in touch in advance and we’ll sort that out. All speakers use microphones at events with more than 15 guests. We use the fiction room as a break-out space during events, it’s quiet, with a window for fresh air and a few seats. Event tickets and cost: we always offer 15 FREE tickets to shop events and 50% of seats at outside events are also free on a first-come, first-served basis. For the rest we charge a modest entry fee of £3.

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