Penguin Pride Manchester

Toby Campion, Kate O’Donnell, Paul Flynn, Kirsty Logan, Andrew McMillan & Ella Otomewo

  • 23
  • Aug
  • 23
  • Aug



collage of Penguin Pride authors

Penguin Pride comes to Manchester with an awe-inspiring line-up of LGBTQ+ writers, poets and performers to celebrate the city’s incredible diversity. Hosted by poet and playwright Toby Campion, this special event will showcase some of the UK’s most exciting queer talent.

Kate O’Donnell is an award-winning, transgender theatre maker, activist and artistic director. She's currently touring the autobiographical show You've Changed.

Paul Flynn is an acclaimed arts journalist and columnist for Attitude. His book, Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride, has been praised as ‘one of the most important books about gay culture in recent times.’

Kirsty Logan is a Glasgow based writer whose books include The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers and A Portable Shelter. Her short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, was awarded the Polari First Book Prize and featured twenty tales of lust and loss, lascivious queens, paper men and island circuses.

Andrew McMillan is an award-winning Yorkshire poet. His new collection, Playtime, explores the different ways we grow into our sexual selves and our adult identities.

Manchester-based performance poet Ella Otomewo is a member of Young Identity and M(.)IST Collective, a collective of queer female artists working across various art-forms. Her work is feminist, personal, powerful and candid.

Presented in partnership with GAY TIMES and Manchester Literature Festival.

Each ticket sold will include a £1 donation towards the great work done by The Albert Kennedy Trust, a national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity. For further info visit

Doors open 6.30pm. The event will run 7.30-10pm including intervals.