Welcome to our dedicated portal for The Common Press Pride Festival 2023! Here you can see all of the events we have planned throughout the festival, which includes book launches, poetry, amazing panel discussions with some of our favourite authors, parties, workshops, and children's events. You can click on any event to go to its registration page.
It's really important to us that our events are as accessible as possible, so we've tried to keep everything low-cost - some are free to attend and almost everything else is pay-what-you-can. The pay-what-you-can tickets have a £4 minimum, but if you would particularly like to attend an event and cannot afford that, please email as at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sort it out. All events are marked as ground floor or basement - please note that the basement is not wheelchair accessible.
We can't wait to see you at the festival! Thank you so much for your ongoing support, and more than anything else, happy Pride from everyone at The Common Press!
Book launch: The Pride Atlas, by Maartje hensen
basement / 7.30pm-9.30pm
Celebrate the publication of this beautiful and wonderfully researched guide for LGBTQ+ travellers!
Queer Nightlife: Which way Now?
A range of performers and creatives on the advantages and setbacks of the UK's queer nightlife scene.
Travel & Nightlife
Music & POWER
Sounds of Survival
basement / 6pm-11pm
One of our favourite music and poetry events returns! Expect a fantastic atmosphere and some beautiful sounds.
Documenting the Diaspora: Joy, Art, and the Asian experience
A panel discussion with Anna Fux and David KAm, hosted by our very own Kenneth Lam.
Contemporary GAY CULTURE: A PANEL With Michael Handrick, Daniel Harding, Jeremy Atherton Lin and Vaneet Mehta
basement / 7.30pm-9.30pm
A panel of fantastic authors on gay and bisexual men's culture in the UK.
"Queer": Neurodivergence and LGBTQ+ culture
We could all benefit from thinking differently sometimes, and the experts on this panel prove that that's the case with their insightful critiques of the way the world excludes neurodivergent people.
children's Authors' Evening
Ground Floor / 4pm-6pm
Meet your favourite children's book authors and illustrators! This is a child-friendly event, so bring the whole family.
The very best queer writers working in the UK today. Some and enjoy a free glass of prosecco and get some books signed!
We are very sorry to have had to postpone our planned Authors' Evenings until later in the year due to factors beyond our control.
Many of the authors due to attend are taking part in one of our other events, so if you particularly wanted to meet someone just drop us a message at email@example.com. If they'll be here on another date we'll make sure to get you in.
If you had already booked a ticket and made a donation, this will be refunded in full, including any Outsavvy fees.
wellness day w. Tobi Adebajo
basement / 2pm-6pm
A day of mindfulness and intentional practise, to keep your brain refreshed during Pride season. This is a child-friendly event.
Queer Parenting panel
A fantastic panel of experts discusses everything you need to know about being part of a queer family.
To our disappointment, we have had to cancel the Queer Parenting Panel due to transportation disruption affecting the speakers.
We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope there's another event you'd like to attend instead!
The Rise of Queer Romance
Hopeless romantics, this one's for you! We explore the surge in queer romantic writing, with an insiders perspective from four incredible authors.
Queer Singles Social
Come for the romance authors, stay for romance in general. This is a casual social for anyone hoping to meet more people this Pride.
Poetry & History
Queering the Past
basement / 6pm-8pm
Queer Historical Fiction has never been as exciting and wide-ranging as it is now, and we'll be hearing from three authors who penned some of our favourites.
The Common Press Poetry Night
A whole evening of poetry, in our much-missed former bar - it's open again for the evening, so grab some drinks and listen up.
Economics of queerness
Ground FLoor / 6pm-7.30pm
Join Decolonising Economics for the first of three panel conversations with LGBTQ+ community organisers of colour.
Here, Queer, and Working class: Juno Roche and Soph Galustian in Conversation
A long-time favourite of queer writing in conversation with a remarkable new talent!
Murder, She WRote: Feminist Crime Fiction
Basement / 7pm-9pm
Best-selling authors Alice Slater and Rose Wilding are challenging the stereotypes of a genre - we're hugely excited to be pairing them for an evening of conversation.
Queer BIPOC Masculinities
Ground FLoor / 7pm-8pm
A conversation led by award-winning playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair, exploring navigating masculinity as a queer person of colour.
Other people's Films presents: Onanism
A screening programme of short experimental works from the 1900s to today about masturbation, sex and desire.
50 LGBTQI+ WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
A talk and signing by French artist Florent Manelli, hosted by Clare Summerskill. Florent's book is the product of a touring exhibition of LGBTQI+ icons launching at Strawberry Hill House on the 30th.
Free Therapy Sessions with Sai Joshi
We have a limited number of spaces available for people who need someone to talk to - booking opens later this week.
t4T: Trans social
Ground FLoor / 6pm-8pm
A very exciting two-part event: first a casual social for trans and non-binary people to meet, make friends, and drink tea, and then a panel discussion featuring Jamie Raines, Nicola Dinan, and Harry Nicholas.
Sober Pride Party
A good time, without the alcohol! Drinkers and non-drinkers alike are welcome, but we will only be serving soft drinks.
Family pride day
A range of relaxed events and readings for kids - if the Pride Parade seems a bit too busy and noisy for your youngsters, celebrate the day with us instead.
Brick LAne Alternative Pride Party
We still haven't quite finished cleaning up from last year! Those of you lucky enough to have attended will know why everyone was talking about it - and if you didn't attend, don't miss out this year!