Our first Queersay in the UK saw Amsterdam and London come together to discuss Visibility.
We teamed up with The Two Brewers – A famous LGBTQ Venue in Clapham to host the event.
Our panel was varied and offered the audience a great insight into their idea of Visibility
Paul Burston is the author of five novels including the bestseller ‘The Black Path’.
His journalism has appeared in various newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Time Out. He has also written and presented documentaries for Channel 4.
He is the curator and host of award-winning literary salon Polari at London’s Southbank Centre, and the founder of The Polari First Book Prize for new LGBT+ writing.
His new novel 'The Closer I Get’ will be published in 2019 as part of a major two book deal with crime fiction specialist Orenda Books.
Ripley is a political lipsync satirist and creator of the Like A Sturgeon show
Edinburgh-born drag queen Ripley uses performance to question and explore current socio political issues. Combining a mixture of comedic lipsync, film and music, Ripley aims to bring attention to problems facing the LGBTQ+ and wider community, and encourages political action.
Ripley began her drag career in 2015 at Edinburgh’s Church of High Kicks before dipping her toe into the London scene. In 2016 she won the It’s A Knockout competition at Halfway To Heaven and in 2017 launched her one woman show Like A Sturgeon at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This summer saw Ripley take Like A Sturgeon to Edinburgh Fringe where it sold out and received five star reviews.
Jon Haywood is a Choice Engineer at Philips Design.
With a career in strategic ad planning spanning nearly 20 years he’s lived and worked around the world creating campaigns that illustrate the benefit to brands of creating more positive human experiences with their consumers.
When he’s not being all behavioural, his other passion is photography and he’s currently working on his first exhibition concept; “Life’s a Drag”. It’s photographic documentary that showcases the diversity of drag performance around the world and the benefit the drag community delivers to the immediate LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
With a very literal photographic take on “Visibility” Jon will take you behind the lens and let you see visibility through his eyes.
@jonhaywooduk on instagram
Joseph Kearney - The Facts as I see them
After leaving the family home in 1999 to live and study in Dublin, I took up a long term relationship with education and training. My first third level course was a diploma in performance arts, I went on to complete a bachelor in drama and have two masters to my name, the first in drama as therapy and the second in journalism. I always managed to work alongside studying and began writing professionally as a cafe and restaurant ‘secret’ reviewer for The Dubliner, I went on to review theatre for Le Cool and to write a gay column for Totally Dublin Magazine. During my work study years I had a stint as a radio journalist following a political campaign in Ireland. At another point in my career I presented and produced a number of TV shows, from the aptly named 'JoeBloggs' to ‘GayOK’. There was a period of my professional life where I dallied with improv theatre and indeed stand up comedy.
Since relocating to the Netherlands I have built up a network of gay fiends, colleagues and contacts that have revolutionised my life personally and professionally. I did a little more training and picked up a teachers qualification and will begin teaching later this month in Breda and Den Bosch. I am currently the Social Media Officer for ROMEO (PLANETROMEO) and when not researching and writing the blog, I am busy maintaining the Instagram, Facebook and twitter accounts for the company.
Outside of ROMEO, I volunteer for a sexual health project, “No More C’, I develop concepts for film scripts and even practice writing them with a close friend here in Amsterdam, and I do a frightening amount of yoga.
I’m very much looking forward to talking at Queersay, I attended the Pride visibility one and was moved beyond words.
Also I’m 36 and more or less single. FYI
Dave Cross is a journalist, club promotor, DJ, record producer and ex major record company marking executive.
Dave is Head Writer at Boyz magazine, where he has been since 2011, working with venues and performers in all areas of the LGBT+ bar and club scene including venue owners, managers, promotors, DJs and performers.
He is on the committee of Drag Idol, the nationwide cabaret talent contest and has been involved as a judge for six years. He has promoted club nights at major venues and DJ’d at all of London’s biggest gay venues.
For nearly 15 year he worked in the music industry as a marketing executive including time at EMI, Island and London Records. This year he has had two articles published in Attitude Magazine, both concerned with LGBT+ Characters in popular culture.