“The events are proving really popular,” Vedrana says. “The students have got a famous YouTuber, Jamie Raines, on their panel talking on the panel about invisible queerness, which will be interesting. Our student Alexa Rusakoff is also chairing this event. They've got a zine-making workshop as well, which will be fun - that's already sold out.”
Vedrana's own CAPPE-sponsored event will take place on Saturday, and will see writers Max Lobe and Okechukwu Nzelu in conversation about queer literature’s contribution to exploring and exploding all kinds of boundaries and borders. “Max Lobe lives in Switzerland, and his novel is about queer migrations and political borders," Vedrana says. “As part of CAPPE, we have an EU Horizon-funded project on the politics of the novel in Europe, and I'm currently leading this strand on fictions of the political, which all ties in."
Other highlights of the four days include novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and columnist Juno Dawson's Lovely Trans Literary Salon who will be in conversation with Harry Nicholas, author of the recently published A Trans Man Walks into a Gay Bar; a panel discussion asking what it means to be a queer writer in a time of war, featuring Ukrainian writers from the front line; a performance by Joelle Taylor; the Queer History Club, a panel event chaired by filmmaker Dr Topher Campbell on the importance of preserving queer heritage; and an exploration of queer mental health. Another University of Brighton academic, Dr Lou Tondeur from the School of Humanities and Social Science, will also be hosting a workshop on Writing and Wellbeing in partnership with the university's Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.