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Inkandescent BOLD Queer Poetry Soirée

Inkandescent welcomes the Poetry Book Society community to a spectacular evening of spoken word with a side of music. Host Nathan Evans is joined by poet and activist lisa luxx and Kostya Tsolakis, founding editor of harana poetry. Plus their very first open mic.

 Thursday 30th March, doors 19:30, show 19:45-21:30 [includes interval]

The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL

Tickets £10, available here.

The open mic is for queer poets who haven’t yet read at BOLD: slots are limited—first come, first at the microphone—tickets £5 (cash or card) on the door.


‘fearless and fierce, universal and unique’

—Lemn Sissay on lisa luxx


‘frank and tender poems, sculpted from the twinned innocence and experience of queer youth’—Andrew McMillan on Kostya Tsolakis


 ‘a wonderful collection of fascinating stories by unique voices'

Kathy Burke on Inkandescent’s Mainstream anthology


‘poetry which addresses vital issues of our time with biting wit and electrifying passion’

Matthew Todd on Nathan Evans


Inkandescent were founded by Justin David and Nathan Evans to champion diverse writers underrepresented in mainstream publishing. Recent publications include Address Book by Neil Bartlett and the Mainstream anthology featuring writers including Kit de Waal, Kerry Hudson, Paul McVeigh, Bidisha and Juliet Jacques.


Nathan Evans is a writer and performer who’s worked at venues including The Royal Court, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Publishers of his poetry include Royal Society of Literature, Manchester Metropolitan University and Dead Ink. He was longlisted for Live Canon International Poetry Competition and his collection Threads was longlisted for Polari First Book Prize.


lisa luxx is an poet, activist and writer of British and Syrian heritage. Her poems are published in The Telegraph and The London Magazine, and by publishers including Hachette and Saqi Books. Her work is broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and TEDx. In 2021 she toured UK theatres with her verse play Eating the Copper Apple, produced by a team of all Arab women artistsHer debut book Fetch Your Mother’s Heart is out now through Out-Spoken Press. Her short stories are published by Comma Press.


Kostya Tsolakis is a London-based poet, born and raised in Athens, Greece. He is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language. His pamphlet, Ephebos, is out with ignition press.



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