Hachette PRIDE | Pride in Writing 2021: Queer Spaces
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Queer Spaces: Past, Present and Future with Daisy Jones, Laura Kay and Malinda Lo
Queer spaces – from gay bars to community centres to bookshops – have been a lifesaving (often literally) presence in the lives of queer people the world over for as long as our history has been recorded. Yet, even as the number of people identifying as LGBTQ+ increases, we find these places closing at an alarming rate. Following a year when nobody has been able to gather in a physical space, three leading queer writers – Daisy Jones, Laura Kay and Malinda Lo – discuss their own experiences of queer spaces, from London to Sheffield to San Francisco, and if online spaces hold the answer to the future of safe queer gatherings.
Daisy Jones is Associate Editor at VICE, having previously worked at Dazed and Confused (where she was hired as Music Editor at 22). During her time as a writer and editor, she’s interviewed everyone from Grace Jones to RuPaul to Robyn and Peaches. Her work, which explores everything from queer culture to music, sex and the internet, has also appeared in i-D, The Guardian, Refinery29 and Polyester among others. Her first book, All The Things She Said, is a modern, personal guide to the culture of queer women and everyone in between.
Laura Kay is a writer and editor. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield and now lives in East London with her wife and cats. In 2018 Laura was selected as one of the ten PRH WriteNow mentees. Her debut novel, The Split, is a queer rom-com set in Sheffield. It features lesbian angst, cake and a horrible cat – all the good stuff! Oh and love, heartache, friendship and family too.
Malinda Lo is the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including A Line in the Dark, which was a Kirkus Best YA Book of 2017 and one of Vulture’s 10 Best YA Books of 2017. Her novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. Her new novel Last One at the Telegraph Club is a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the 1950s.