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Reimagining the archive with Mae Diansangu and Shane Strachan

February 17 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm


Saturday 17th February

Doors: 1:30pm
Event: 2pm-3pm

Join us at the Lavender Menace Queer Books Archive for an afternoon of readings and discussion on how to reimagine archives. We will explore representation in archives through an intersectional lens and interrogate how we can ensure queer stories are preserved. We look forward to sharing this fascinating and important conversation with you!

Mae Diansangu is a queer poet and spoken word artist from Aberdeen. She has performed at literary festivals across Scotland and appeared on BBC Scotland’s Big Scottish Book Club and BBC Radio 4’s Tongue and Talk. Her series of poems “black lives, heavy truths” is part of the National Library of Scotland’s collection. You can read her work in the anthologies “Tales fae the Doric Side” and “Re creation – a queer poetry anthology”. Mae writes in both English and Doric, and her first collection BLOODSONGS (Tapsalteerie) will be published in Autumn 2024.

Shane Strachan’s debut poetry collection DWAMS will be published in April by Tapsalteerie. He was awarded Scots Champion at the 2023 Scots Language Awards following his year as the National Library of Scotland’s Scots Scriever. His previous works include novella Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo (amaBooks), podcast, film and exhibition The Bill Gibb Line, and multiple poems and stories in Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Stand and others. His poetry has also appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in Aberdeen Art Gallery. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen where he now lectures in Creative Writing.

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The event will take place at the Lavender Menace Queer Books Archive in Edinburgh Palette. Information about accessibility and how to get to us on public transport and by car is available on our website: How To Find Us and Accessibility Information.

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February 17
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


Lavender Menace Queer Books Archive
Edinburgh Palette Room G25c 151 London Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 6AE United Kingdom
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