43 writings that centre exceptional Queer voices through short stories, poetry, and narrative non-fiction.
Edited by Kate and Sarah Beal, the industry innovators behind Muswell Press, writer and poet Golnoosh Nour, and editor Matt Bates, who curates the publisher’s LGBTQI+ list, Queer Life, Queer Love is the glorious result of a global call-out for original submissions. Keen to not only push "the boundaries of gender and sexuality, but also the boundaries of literature itself," no constraints were set on the form submissions might take. And the result is a triumph - a showcase of variously stirring, subversive, intoxicating and moving poetry and prose, short stories and narrative non-fiction that delivers the anthology’s desire to “honour a young, lost, queer life”, “to create more space to encourage and salute the diversity of queer writing, and to celebrate the richness of queer life experience”.
Among the anthology’s engaging non-fiction offerings we have Jonathan Kemp’s piece on identity and the early 1990s re-appropriation of the word “queer” as a “critical and disruptive force rather than a stinging insult”. Then there’s Sal Harris’ beautifully inventive writing on transition - its meaning, its reasons, its magic - and Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile’s punch-packing piece on being a Black transgender woman. The fiction and poetry is every bit as dazzling and varied, too - a striking, shifting kaleidoscope of lived experiences and wisdom that speaks to the soul. Brilliantly curated, the dynamic, diverse writings in Queer Life, Queer Love will have readers in their thrall.
The anthology comprises 43 stories, non-fiction pieces, flash fiction and poetry, the winning entries from an international competition to capture the best of Queer writing today. This is writing that explores characters, stories and experiences beyond the mainstream. Celebrating the fascinating, the forbidden, the subversive, and even the mundane, but in essence, the view from outside.
|Publication date:||4th November 2021|
|Author:||Golnoosh Nour, Matt Bates, Sarah Beal, Kate Beal|
'I'm incredibly moved to be co-editing this important anthology dedicated to honour the memory of a beautiful life and am excited to read submissions that reflect the full complexities of living a queer life, in whatever form they take.' Golnoosh Nour.
'Championing new and emerging writing is one of my passions as demonstrated by my tenure at WHSmith Travel where I curated the Celebration of 100 Years of Gay Writing and the successful Fresh Talent promotion for over five years.' Matt Bates.
A brilliant initiative'. Paul Burston