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Review: Jackie Kay, Young Enigma and guests @ Queer Contact 2014 – Mancunian Matters

In Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Literature Reviews, Poetry Reviews, Queer on February 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

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“You have a girlfriend? Oh, so you mean you are lesbian? Okay, so who is the man when you make sex?

“His eyes have faded to a sleazy shimmer as my Nigerian priest father imagines a forbidden fantasy playing out before him – I have always wondered who the man is when lesbians make sex…”

Thus spoke the enigmatic Jackie Kay when recounting her first meeting with her long-lost father after tracing him to holy African soil.

Her adoptive mother was a Glaswegian communist. Her biological father considered her a sin from a previous life, best forgotten.

Contact Theatre rounded off its Queer Contact 2014 festival in celebration of LGBT History Month with an evening of spoken word poetry performances based on the theme of identity.

Young LGBT writers collective Young Enigma curated the show headlined by the award-winning Jackie Kay, Patience Agbabi and Gerry Potter who turned the spoken word into outspoken words.

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