In November 2020 Muswell Press invited submissions for Queer Life, Queer Love to be published to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Awareness in November 2021.
As we near the end of Pride Month the editors, Matt Bates, Golnoosh Nour, Sarah Beal and Kate Beal reveal their selection featuring original queer writing from around the world by both new and established voices.
Queer Life, Queer Love celebrates queer writing from around the world: Africa to America, India to New Zealand, and Jamaica to Ireland. The collection comprises 43 stories, poems, essays and flash fiction exploring characters, stories and experiences beyond the mainstream. Featuring the fascinating, the forbidden, the subversive and even the mundane; in essence, the view from outside. Humorous, serious, autobiographical and revelatory – all aspects of the queer experience are reflected in this sparkling collection.
The majority of the anthology introduces works from new and emerging writers but also includes previously unpublished contributions from established writers including Isabel Costello, Jonathan Kemp, Katlego Kai Kolanyabe-Kesupile, Fran Lock, Tanaka Mhishi and Richard Scott.
The book will be dedicated to the memory of Lucy/Jack Reynolds, the trans child of Sarah Beal, Publisher at Muswell Press, and nephew of co-Publisher Kate Beal. A student, musician and an advocate of LGBTQI rights, she died in March 2020 at the age of 20.
Golnoosh Nour, author and poet commented, “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.”
Matt Bates, Editor-at-large, Muswell Press, added, “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.”
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