The Polari Podcast
2021 Polari Prize Shortlist Show - Paul Mendez, Golnoosh Nour and Kevin Maxwell
Season 1, Ep. 9
We discover who is on the Polari Prize 2021 shortlists for Best Book and Best Debut at a special event in Heaven club presented by Paul Burston, Kate Davies and Keith Jarrett with guests Paul Mendez (Rainbow Milk) and Golnoosh Nour (The Ministry of Guidance). Also includes interviews with Kevin Maxwell (Forced Out) and Mohsin Zaidi (A Dutiful Boy). Co-hosted and produced by Sophia Blackwell.
Polari at the RVT - Adele Anderson and Cerys Evans
Season 1, Ep. 8
Recorded at the RVT (Royal Vauxhall Tavern) with Adele Anderson of Fascinating Aida and spoken word and stage artist Cerys Evans, Paul Burston and the two guests discuss the changing nature of trans lives between the 1980s and 90s and the present day. Cerys performs her poetry while Adele reads an extract from an as-yet-unpublished memoir. Sophia and Paul discuss some of the themes raised including the LGBT+ tendency towards perfectionism, roles for trans actors and the tabloid 'outing' of LGBT+ celebrities.
Polari in Heaven - PJ Samuels, Joelle Taylor and VG Lee
Season 1, Ep. 7
Recorded live at Heaven Nightclub in London, this was Polari's first outing in a while! Featuring performances from poets PJ Samuels and Joelle Taylor and author VG Lee, this night includes excerpts from their recent work and a lot of raucous audience participation at the legendary venue.
Salena Godden, Sophia Blackwell and Polis Loizou
Season 1, Ep. 6
Paul Burston interviews Sophia Blackwell, Salena Godden and Polis Loizou about their new books, including Salena Godden's 'Mrs Death Misses Death,' (Canongate), Sophia Blackwell's 'The Other Woman' (Burning Eye) and After My Own Heart (Limehouse Books), and Polis Loizou's novel The Way It Breaks (Cloud Lodge Books) and recently published short story in the Mainstream anthology from Inkandescent.
Elizabeth Chakrabarty, Musa Okwonga and Nikita Gill
Season 1, Ep. 5
From April 2021 and with additional commentary from Paul Burston and Sophia Blackwell, this new full-length episode features Elizabeth Chakrabarty (Lessons in Love and Other Hate Crimes) Musa Okwonga (One of Them, In The End It Was All About Love) and Nikita Gill (Where Hope Comes From).
Niven Govinden, Stella Duffy, Steven Appleby and Alex Reeve
Season 1, Ep. 4
The LGBTQ+ literary salon hosted by Paul Burston,Polariis currently mainly digital, with online co-hosting and episode production by Sophia Blackwell. In this episode, Paul speaks to Niven Govinden, Stella Duffy, Steven Appleby and Alex Reeve.
Jason Ford, Fiona Mozley, Mohsin Zaidi and Sophie Ward
Season 1, Ep. 3
The LGBTQ+ literary salon hosted by Paul Burston, Polari is currently digital and international, with online co-hosting, editing and production by Sophia Blackwell. This episode features readings and interviews from authors Fiona Mozley, Mohsin Zaidi, Jason Ford and Sophie Ward.
Philip Hensher, Diana Souhami, Alison Child, Juno Roche and SJ Watson
Season 1, Ep. 2
The LGBTQ+ literary salon hosted by Paul Burston, Polari is currently both live and digital, with online co-hosting and production by Sophia Blackwell. This episode features readings and interviews from Philip Hensher, Diana Souhami, Alison Child, Juno Roche and SJ Watson, talking about their latest novels and non-fiction books.
Amrou Al-Kadhi, Kate Davies and Barbara Brownskirt
Season 1, Ep. 1
Polari Salon and Polari Prize founder Paul Burston is joined by poet and radio presenter Sophia Blackwell to celebrate LGBTQ+ books and authors. Includes recordings from a live socially distanced literary event at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern featuring three very different performers - Amrou Al-Kadhi, Kate Davies and Barbara Brownskirt.