LGBT WRITING GREEN CARNATION PRIZE The Green Carnation Prize’s chair of judges, our LGBT editor Kaite Welsh, tells us about this year’s longlist. The shortlist is announced on Thu 6 Nov with its winner revealed on Fri 28 Nov
The 2014 Green Carnation Prize features a bumper crop of titles. This award for LGBT writers has previously resulted in authors such as Catherine Hall and Andrew Solomon scooping the top prize, and this year the longlist is full of Scottish talent. Kirsty Logan, Emily Mackie, Kerry Hudson and Neil DA Stewart have all been longlisted, as has Anneliese Mackintosh whose collection Any Other Mouth was published by Scottish independent publisher Freight.
Speaking as this year’s chair of judges, I can say that the quality of submissions has been overwhelming. It’s been fantastic to see so many Scottish authors longlisted, especially because it means I now get to reread them ahead of the shortlisting stage. The level of talent within the Scottish LGBT literary scene was clear from Freight’s anthology, Out There, published last month and I’m delighted to see it represented here.
It’s also noteworthy for how many emerging authors made the cut. I mentioned in a review of Kirsty Logan’s The Rental Heart for The Independent that we’ll see her dominate longlists and shortlists in the next few years, and it’s always nice to prove myself right. Equally, Kerry Hudson’s second novel Thirst is a terrific follow-up to 2012’s Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma. I was fascinated by Emily Mackie’s In Search of Solace when I reviewed it for The List earlier this year, and a second reading only convinced me further that she’s one of our most talented young authors. And Neil DA Stewart’s The Glasgow Coma Scale is startlingly brilliant and is at the top of my reread list.
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GLASGOW Activities & Events Love is Strange Thu 23 Oct, 6pm. £8 (£6.50). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. After a couple get married, one of them loses their job and the stress surrounding the fallout leads to discord. Part of Glasgay!. Dog Day Afternoon Sun 26 Oct, 5pm. £8 (£6.50). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. Pacino’s grandstanding as the anxiety-ridden New Yorker attempting to rob a bank to pay for his gay lover’s sex change operation confirmed his status as one of his generation’s leading actors. Glasgay!.
The Dog Tue 28 Oct, 6.15pm. £8 (£6.50). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. A documentary about the real-life man who inspired Dog Day Afternoon – John Wojtowicz. Glasgay!. FREE Clydeside Wedding and Civil Partnership Show Sun 2 Nov, 10am–4pm. Fifteen Ninety Nine, 232–242 St Vincent Street, clydesideweddingshow.com More than 70 Scottish wedding suppliers spread across two rooms, plus music showcase. The Watermelon Woman Tue 4 Nov, 6pm. £8 (£6.50). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. A young woman makes a film about the lack of black actresses. Glasgay!. Age of Consent Wed 5 Nov, 8.20pm. £8 (£6.50). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. The story of London leather bar, The Hoist. Glasgay!. FREE Ron Athey in Conversation Thu 13 Nov, 7.30pm. Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, University of Glasgow, 330 2892. See preview in
Theatre, page 97. Glasgay!.
Arts Ste McCabe Thu 16 Oct, 8pm. £tbc. MacSorley’s, 42 Jamaica Street, 248 8581. Electro-punk/queer pop machine Ste McCabe. Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Sun 19 Oct, 7.30pm. £35–£90. The SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, 248 3000. Big electro tunes and even bigger costumes from poker-faced Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Glasgay! Mon 20–Sat 15 Nov, times vary. Prices vary. Various venues: Glasgow, 552 7575. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the massive celebration of queer culture boasts an impressive programme of theatre, comedy, music, clubs and visual art events. Drew Taylor and Julia Doogan: HOWL[ing] Tue 21 Oct, 7.30–8.30pm. £10 (£8). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Epic poem for post- referendum Scotland, using Allen Ginsberg’s seminal piece HOWL as a basis. Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival & Glasgay!. Cardinal Sinne Wed 22 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 7.45–10pm. £10 (£8). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. There’s to be a new Pope, and the Cardinal needs to journey to the Vatican for the election, but a journalist stalls his trip by asking questions about the past. See preview in Theatre, page 97. Glasgay!. Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits Thu 23–Sat 25 Oct, 7.30pm. £12 (£10). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Artist Rosana Cade takes a look at Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which has been used in India to rule against homosexuality. Glasgay!. The Madness of Lady Bright Wed 29 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 7.30pm. £8. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 553 0501. A drag queen reflects on her mortality. Performed alongside ‘Mr & Mrs Laughton’. Glasgay!. Colquhoun & MacBryde Wed 29 Oct–Sat 8 Nov, 8pm. £6–£10 (£7.50). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. John Byrne’s play about artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, who met at Glasgow School of Art. Glasgay!. There Were Two Brothers Thu 30 & Fri 31 Oct, 7.30pm. £8–£10. Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 552 3988. Performance about two brothers growing up gay in Dundee. Glasgay! Ron Athey: Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains Tue 11 & Wed 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £11 (£10). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. The final in Athey’s Incorruptible Flesh series explores enlightenment and death. See preview in Theatre, page 97. Glasgay!. Slope Wed 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £8.50, Thu 13 Nov, 7.30pm. £12 (£2; students £8.50; children £8.50). Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022. Untitled Projects reconcieve their 2006 production of Pamela Carter’s Slope for an intimate studio setting. Glasgay!. Josh Armstrong: These Delicate Things Thu 13 Nov, 8pm. £10 (£8). CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. A two-act performance piece exploring the life of photographer Francesca Woodman. Glasgay!. Clubs TYCI Sat 18 Oct, 11pm–3am. Free before midnight; £2 after; free all night if you write ‘TYCI’ on your knuckles. Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. Special event in conjunction with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. London post-punk duo Deux Furieuses play live, with Glasgow DJ Flore De Hoog on the decks. FREE Birdcage Fri 24 Oct, 11pm–3am. Broadcast, 427 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7304. An alternative LGBT night playing house, electro and disco. With DJs MILKY and Caity Cooper, and visuals from Rachel Sharpe. Yes! Sat 1 Nov, 8pm–3am. Free before midnight; £5 after (students £3). The
Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, 564 1450. Gay night playing indie and guitar bands. Club Noir: Hallowe’en Burlesque Sat 1 Nov, 9pm. £17.43. O2 Academy Glasgow, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. It’s Hallowe’en at Scotland’s biggest burlesque club. Menergy Sat 1 Nov, 11pm–3am. £25 (meet & greet £40). Axm, 80 Glassford Street, 552 5761. Hallowe’en show from RuPaul’s Drag Race winner and scream queen, Sharon Needles. Hot Mess Sat 8 Nov, 10pm–2am. £6. The Poetry Club, 100 Eastvale Place, 357 7246. Queer dance party where the focus is on the music, a heady mix of pop classics, obscure synthwave, house, techno and disco from DJ Simonotron. Pretty Ugly Sat 8 Nov, 11pm–3am. £5– £6. The Admiral, 72a Waterloo Street, 221 7705. The Pretty Ugly girls play indie rock’n’roll, electro beats, 60s soul and experiment with some new artists.
Activities & Events FREE LGBT Centre Drop-in Mon 20 & 27 Oct, 3 & 10 Nov, 5.30–8pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Drop-in service to meet new people and get info. FREE Edinburgh Gay Men’s Book Group Wed 22 Oct, 7–9pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. A book club for gents with a lust for reading. FREE Icebreakers Wed 22 Oct, 7.30–9.30pm. The Regent, 2 Montrose Terrace, 661 8198. Social group for people who want to make new friends. FREE LGBT Film Nights Fri 24 Oct, 6.30–9.30pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Screenings of feature-length films and shorts with an LGBT focus. FREE LGBT Roller Disco Sat 25 Oct, 1.30–4pm. Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139 London Road, 523 1104. Family-friendly skating and socialising. FREE LGBT Swimming Sat 25 Oct & 8 Nov, 2.15–4pm. Glenogle Swim Centre, Glenogle Road Stockbridge, 343 6376. A dedicated pool session just for the LGBT community. FREE Talking Heids Wed 29 Oct, 8pm. Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street, 555 7019. Poetry cabaret hosted by Colin McGuire, with music and comedy. FREE The Big LGBT Music Jam Sat 1 Nov, 1–4pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Music-making in a creative and supportive environment. FREE Trans Women Sat 1 Nov, 7.30–9.30pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Monthly group for transgender women. FREE Bi & Beyond Wed 5 Nov, 7–9pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Informal space for bisexual people to get together for social activities. FREE Just for Men Wed 12 Nov, 6.30–8.30pm. Woodland Creatures, 260–262 Leith Walk, 629 5509. Gay, bisexual and trans men’s social group.
Arts Drew Taylor and Julia Doogan: HOWL[ing] Thu 16 Oct, 8pm. £16 (£8–£13). Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. See Glasgow, Arts. FREE Ste McCabe Sat 18 Oct, 2.30pm. Elvis Shakespeare, 347 Leith Walk, 561 1363. See Glasgow, Arts. Heather Peace Sat 25 Oct, 7pm. £22. The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. Concert from Heather Peace, star of Lip Service, London’s Burning and Waterloo Road. Clubs Hot Mess Fri 31 Oct, 11pm–3am. £4 before 11.30pm; £6 after. The Annexe at the Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, Entrance via Cowgate, 225 2564. See Glasgow, Clubs.
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