literature & poetry

Polari: Featuring Paul Burston

Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at the LGBTQ+ literary salon, headlined by Polari’s own Paul Burston launching his latest novel.

Burston’s sixth novel, The Closer I Get is a compulsive psychological thriller about an author with writer’s block and the fan who won’t leave him alone – it is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one ‘like’ away.

Burston is joined for a tantalising literary showcase this evening by Alex Marwood (The Poison Garden), Bethan Roberts (Graceland), Orlando Ortega-Medina (The Death of Baseball) and Kate Davies (In at the Deep End).

Polari is both storybook and comment on queer lives devoted to new and established literary talent. In its twelfth year of residency at Southbank Centre, the award-winning salon is described by the Huffington Post as ‘the most exciting literary movement in London ... crackling with energy, ideas, excitement’.

The salon is curated and hosted by Burston, described by Attitude magazine as ‘easily one of the most important commentators of his generation’.

Dates & times

26 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+. Please note that Polari contains adult themes.