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Queer Life, Queer Love: the Second Anthology edited by Julia Bell and Matt Bates

Queer Life, Queer Love: the Second Anthology edited by Julia Bell and Matt Bates


Following the success of the first Queer Life, Queer Love anthology, this second volume celebrates the best new queer writing from around the world, by both new and established writers. The collection features voices across all narrative forms including fiction, poetry, non-fiction and flash-fiction. Comprising 30 winning submissions, the anthology capture s the very best of international queer writing today.


The editors were looking for writing that explores characters, stories, and experiences beyond the mainstream; works that celebrate the fascinating, the forbidden, the subversive, and even the mundane, but, in essence, works that express the view from outside.



Matt Bates is Editor-at-Large for Muswell Press, and an associate poetry editor for The Mechanics Institute Review. Matt was formerly the Fiction Buyer for WHSmith Travel where he curated the award-winning Fresh Talent promotion and numerous other queer related promotions. He has been a judge for the Costa Book Prize (Novel) and chair for The Booksellers Association Debut Fiction Category Prize. He is an Associate Vice President of the Romantic Novelists Association, has been involved in numerous book industry panels and contributed to numerous book-related articles in newspapers and journals. He completed a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Birkbeck in 2021 and an MLitt in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His own work has been published in The Mechanics Institute Review and Culture Matters.

Julia Bell is a writer and academic, she is the author of novels, the bestselling Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan) and the book-length essay Radical Attention (Peninsula Press). Her essays and short stories have been published nationally and internationally including in the TLS, the White Review and the Paris Review and broadcast on the BBC. Her poetry has been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her memoir-in-verse, Hymnal was  recently published  by Parthian. She is a Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London


  • Details

    Imprint: Muswell Press

    Publication Date: 4/5/23

    ISBN: 9781739123826

    Pages: 240

    Type: Paperback

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