IDAHOBIT 2020 Stories & Poems

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

I’ve already drawn your attention to our marvellous LGBTQI writers of individual collections and novels, so I thought I’d hilight the LGBTQI short story and poetry gems nestling in our anthologies.


London Lies: Leaving, Cherry Potts

Stations: All Change at Canonbury, Paula Read

Lovers’ Lies: Tasting Flight, Catherine Sharpe; Mirror, Cherry Potts; Dara Jessica Lott

The Other Side of Sleep: Naming: AD 2006, Alwyn Marriage;The Other Side of Sleep, Kate Foley

Liberty Tales: Tabernacle Lane; Pearls over Shanghai; Flax, San Francisco; all by Jeremy Dixon

Solstice Shorts – Sixteen Stories about Time: Death and Other Rituals, Tannith Perry; Stars, Emma Timpany (not sure that’s what she intended, but I certainly read it that way).

Noon: Under the L, Liam Hogan

An Outbreak of Peace: Surplus Women, Rebecca Skipwith

We/She Desperately Seeking Hephaestion, Elizabeth Hopkinson; Cages, Joanne LM Williams

Departures: Alpaca Moonlight, VG Lee; Over, Joy Howard

You can buy all the books mentioned from our webshop, we will post them out to you.

If you would prefer eBooks, all these books are available from your usual retailer, now VAT free! We recommend Hive for ePub.



Keats House – The Other Side of Sleep – recordings

Here are snippets of just a couple of minutes long from some of the Other Side of Sleep poems read at Keats House last month. All beautifully rendered by the poets, Sarah Lawson, Revenant; Cherry Potts; Thirty-second Mariner; Math Jones, Grithspell; Bernie Howley, I Have no Feet; Jennifer A McGowan, Troy: Seven Voices and Alwyn Marriage: Naming: AD 2006

Keats House Readings from The Other Side of Sleep

The Other Side of Sleep: Saturday 28th March 15:00-16:30
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Free, so long as you have an admission ticket for the house.
More info

other side of sleep actual booksDiscover diverse approaches to telling stories through poetry. Every poem guaranteed over 40 lines: long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices. Alwyn Marriage, Jennifer A McGowan, Bernie Howley, Sarah Lawson and Math Jones.

Launching The Other Side of Sleep: Naming: AD 2006

Some of our poets are very obliging about helping to promote The Other Side of Sleep, here is Alwyn Marriage reading at Oxford and London

There are messages buried in this poem, but without Alwyn to explain them you are unlikely to discover them…

BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Long List

Congratulations to Arachne authors, Alan McCormick, Alwyn Marriage and Judi Sutherland for making the Long List for Radio 4’s Opening Lines, an annual series for writers new to radio. Fingers crossed for the shortlist!