THE FUTURE IS BACK
A collective of emerging LGBTQ+ writers
TAUGHT BY OLUMIDE POPOOLA.
FUNDED BY ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND. SUPPORTED BY SPREAD THE WORD.
The Future is Back, a workshop series for emerging prose writers, encompassed space to write in a supportive environment, individual feedback on creative work, and sessions with industry experts.
Following the programme, the writers produced a zine together which was performed at Gay's the Word alongside reading by established writer Andra Simons. Read more about our continuing writing practice below.
Olumide Popoola's publications include the novella this is not about sadness, the play Also by Mail, the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes (The Guardian’s Book of the Day 29 July 2016), and the critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing (one of Bernardine Evaristo's The Guardian's books of the year 2017). She has a PhD in creative writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities.
Amie is a writer and theatre maker. She founded and is an Editor of The LGBTQ Arts Review, and is passionate about platforming and raising the lesser heard LGBT+ voices in Theatre. She makes puppets and has made two LGBT+ children’s shows for 3-7 year olds. She now working on her first novel.
Anna writes short stories about the uncanny and unexpected, ranging from sci-fi to magical realism. She has won the Isis Magazine 500 words competition and has been published in Speculative Cities, as well as writing science journalism for Mosaic and reviews for LGBTQ Arts Review. She works in advocacy.
Photo (c) Esther Heller 2019
Gabrielle lives in London and works in publishing. She writes queer and uncanny fiction and poetry, and is a sucker for a good, gay love story. Gabrielle is the Co-founder and Editor of clavmag, a digital literary magazine publishing creative writing by queer, trans and non-binary people You can read their work in Cipher Press’ chapbook There Will Always Be Nights Like This and Issue three of Fourteen Poems and find them on twitter @gabrielleMCJ and Instagram @gabriellemcj.
Leon Craig is a writer from London. She is currently studying for an MFA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Her writing has been published by the White Review, the London Magazine, the TLS, Another Gaze and 3:AM Magazine, among others. Leon created and co-edited Thousand: An Anthology of Very Short Fiction with Brainchild Festival and tweets at @Leon_c_c.
LILI KATHLEEN BRIGHT
LiLi is a queer, black, non-binary, fatigued, plant nerd who loves stories that centre marginalised folks. They’ve been writing for as long as they can remember. They’re exploring botany, movement and visual arts — alongside nature writing — to expand how they pay attention to, and make sense of, belonging and wilderness.
Sabah is a reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy. Co-founder of Trans Pride Brighton in 2013 and proud trans youth worker since 2014. Their top three passions right now are: carving out spaces for queer and trans people of colour, making friends with cats, and taking selfies from bad angles.
Sukh Brar writes to make sense of his life, his relationships, and the world at large. His stories are about well-meaning people who make terrible life decisions. He's currently working on The Heat Grows Enormous, a novel about a young and ambitious editor who commissions the memoir of a controversial right-wing journalist and in the process has to win back his family, friends, and fiancé.