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Edinburgh launch: We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology

Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Join the Queer Words Project Scotland for the launch of We Were Always Here, a hot pink anthology of queer Scottish writing from 404 Ink.

From drag queens and discos to black holes and monsters, these stories and poems wrestle with love and loneliness and the fight to be seen. By turns serious and fantastical, hilarious and confrontational, We Were Always Here addresses the fears, mysteries, wonders and variety of experience that binds our community together.

Join Andrés Ordorica, Christina Neuwirth, Jay G Ying and Rachel Plummer and editors Ryan Vance and Michael Lee Richardson for an evening of queer readings and conversation on the past, present and future of queer Scottish literary talent.

Queer Words Project Scotland would like to encourage everyone to wear their finest hot pink and/or animal print.

Our Readers

Andrés Ordorica

Andrés Ordorica is a graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As a writer, he aspires to create liminal worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there. His writing can be found in Confluence Medway, The Colour of Madness and The Acentos Review. He has performed his work for Literary Natives and The Courtauld Institute of Art. @AndresNOrdorica /

Christina Neuwirth

Christina Neuwirth is a writer and researcher based in Edinburgh. Her recent publications include the essay ‘Hard dumplings for visitors’ in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women (2017), and her surreal novella Amphibian (Speculative Books, 2018), which was shortlisted for the Novella Award 2016. @ChristinaNwrth /

Jay G Ying

Jay G Ying’s publications include The White Review, PBS Bulletin, Ambit, The Scores amongst others. He was the winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize and shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize in 2018. He is currently a postgraduate student in Edinburgh. @jaygying /

Rachel Plummer

Rachel Plummer is a poet living in Edinburgh. Her sci-fi pamphlet The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics is published by House Press. She received a cultural commission from LGBT Youth Scotland to write a collection of children’s poems based around LGBT retellings of traditional Scottish folkstories. She has two children, three guinea pigs and entirely too many books. @smaychel /

Ryan Vance

Ryan Vance is a writer and editor based in Glasgow. First published in Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT Writing, he has since been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Dark Mountain and F[r]iction. He has also collaborated with Lock Up Your Daughters, a queer film group, on two award-winning entries into the 48hr Film Challenge. Between 2010 and 2016 he created and edited The Queen’s Head, a speculative fiction magazine. He has also edited fiction for The Island Review, and currently edits reviews for Gutter Magazine. @ryanjjvance /

Michael Lee Richardson

Michael Lee Richardson is a writer, producer and community organiser from Glasgow. Michael has produced work for Pride House Glasgow and LGBT History Month Scotland. Michael is a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award winner and a member of BBC Scotland’s first Drama Writer’s Group. Michael's writing has been shortlisted for the Frank Deasy Award and Trans Comedy Award. Michael's short story 'The Other Team' will be published in Proud in 2019. Michael’s first film My Loneliness is Killing Me — directed by Tim Courtney — debuted at EIFF in 2018 and won a Scottish BAFTA (Best Short Film). @hrfmichael /

**As always we have 15 free places for this event, available first come first served by telephone or in person from the bookshop. If you can afford a £3 voucher ticket please book one of those, it helps support the shop and allows us to offer free spots to those who might not be able to come otherwise.**

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