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Acquisition: “Vicky Romeo plus Joolz” by Ely Percy

Dear Creatures,

The start of June, Pride Month 2018, brings you good tidings!

We’re very pleased to announce that in February 2019 we will be publishing Ely Percy’s debut novel “Vicky Romeo plus Joolz”.

Welcome into the fold Ely! We are excited to work on this novel with you and to share it with the world.

A little more about the story:

Enter Vicky Romeo: lover, actor, dreamer, bull-shitter and procrastinator. Vicky is a barista by day, and an after-hours Lothario who haunts Glasgow’s lesbian scene by night. She fantasises about being a performer like her heroes Sinatra and De Niro, but wastes time boozing with her friends and chasing skirt with her ever-faithful sidekick, Minty, a dry-humoured and often surly barmaid who pulls pints in Sandra Dee’s.

Enter Julie Turner AKA Joolz AKA Juliet: sexy, sassy, sarcastic, and a dancer with Jessica Rabbit looks to boot.

Sparks fly for Vicky when she picks the feisty femme’s lipstick off the bar floor, and despite warnings from Minty that Joolz is ‘not a real lesbian’, Vicky decides to pursue her love interest with unrelenting gusto.

Set in 2001, Vicky Romeo plus Joolz is a romp through Glasgow’s gay ghetto, narrated from the point of view of a young, working-class and incurably romantic butch-about-town.

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You can read a short extract of the novel in Fearless Femme’s June “Pride” issue.


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Ely Percy is a Scottish fiction writer, a memoirist and an epistolarian.

Their first work Cracked: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (JKP, 2002) took the form of both a creative and an academic text; they graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s Mphil in Creative Writing in 2004, and since then their work has appeared in many reputable literary journals such as The Edinburgh Review, The Scotsman Orange, New Writing Scotland and Causeway. Ely has also contributed to both volumes of F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary.

Over the last fifteen years, Percy has facilitated countless writing workshops for various minority groups. They’ve been writer-in-residence in a prison, edited a lesbian publication and worked as a community librarian in an LGBT centre. They are currently writer-in-residence at Cradle vegan cafe.

You can follow Ely on Twitter and their blog.

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UPDATE: Publication Date and Edinburgh Launch

🚨 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

The kick-ass anthology you folks helped come to life will officially be published on

May 5th

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It will be available to order from our online store from June 1st.

“Why the wait?”: Because we’d like to make sure that our Kickstarter backers get their hands on their copies first. It’s only fair, don’t you think?

#QueerQuarrels Volume 1 will very soon strut around the world with this bangin’ cover, artwork by Alice ‘Allolune’ Carnegie.

For a sweet treat – come join our book launch at Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh on Saturday, May 12th @ 18.00-20.00 pm to celebrate our first Kickstarter anthology through an informal panel with our contributors, lots of delicious cake, books and art prints!


Tickets are £5.00, this goes towards a full fiver discount when buying the book.

Watch our social media channels for awesome goodie vouchers that give you ticket discounts, free cake… OR BOTH!

 

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PA, Team

Public Announcement

We are a Queer Press.

An interesting label, isn’t it? One that we have chosen, as the issues closest to our collective hearts are those that affect the LGBTQI+ communities.

“Queer” isn’t necessarily the right term for everyone within these communities – or even those that we publish – and we are aware of that too.

Recently, our emergent press has been confronted with anger and disappointment online. Apparently we have not lived up to the expectations of one or more persons or groups because of the choices we have made regarding the authors we wish to publish in our forthcoming anthology: F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary.

The clue is in the title.

There is scope for publishing a writer whether or not you agree with their point of view. Indeed, in our opinion, it is important to listen to others whether or not you agree with them. It represents maturity of thought, intelligence of response and a desire to be outside the echo chamber of your own thoughts; to invite in the ‘other’, discuss and to evolve. To move forward.

Silencing the voices of those you disagree with is not a means of moving forward. This kind of social censorship is a way of excluding and denying, ultimately learning nothing, receiving nothing and giving nothing. We cannot move forward or have a chance at moving forward if we choose to exclude.

We do have a line. We do not publish hate speech. We are not a ‘phobic’ press by any stretch of the imagination and will not publish content we believe would propagate such opinions. We have debated to the point that it was painful regarding what to and what not to include in this book.

We will not silence. And we will not be held to ransom by those that would.

The approach of excluding voices simply because you are affronted by them is the reason minority presses such as Knight Errant Press have to exist in the first place.

Judging material you have not read and being willing to discount the rest of the anthology in the perpetuation of your own ignorance is a poor example of evolved thinking and one we will not support or pander to. Is it OK to accuse people of perpetuating their own ignorance…? Yes. When it comes to people demanding the same censorship on others as they suffer themselves.

We’d rather have a healthy debate through a plurality of voices than be self-congratulatory and never learn anything.

We hope you’ll join us when our Kickstarter for our quarrelsome anthology launches on February 8th.

Sincerely,

– The Team

 


Image sourced from here depicting art found on the Berlin Wall,  “My God Help me to Survive this Deadly Love” features the Brezhnev / Honecker kiss.