Queering the Map of Glasgow

We are back.


After the success of our first crowdfunded anthology F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary – Knight Errant is back, putting queer experiences firmly on the map of Glasgow.

Mark the date: 24 November 2018

Time:13.30 to 16.30 (sharp)

Place: The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN

Tickets can be booked here. Prices are £5 for a regular ticket. There are 20 FREE tickets available for those who need one (see below).

The price of the ticket includes a hot drink, treats (vegan friendly) and £2 off 1 book OR art print of your choice from Knight Errant.

Ely Percy will read from their debut novel Vicky Romeo plus Joolz, a butch meets femme romantic comedy set in Glasgow and set to be published in February 2019; followed by readings from Ryan Vance, Michael Lee Richardson and Eleanor Capaldi of their pieces from the Queering the Map of Glasgow collection.

The readings will be followed by a panel discussion with Ely, Nathaniel (Knight Errant) and Monstrous Regiment (of “The Bi-ble” and Monstrous Regiment Magazine fame – Crimson, Emerald et al.) about our recent recon mission to map and record the local queer spaces and histories of Glasgow, and the significance of publishing queer voices as a way of placing and retracing queer experience in the past, present and future.

This event will also mark the launch of the Wicked Wee Bks imprint (more about this imprint soon) – the first publication of the series conveniently shares its name with this event. Our queer map of Glasgow, by no means exhaustive, will be beautifully executed by Kirsty Hunter and available to purchase at the event.

Accessibility: The event will be mostly sitting room, is wheelchair accessible and has accessible facilities.

Due to the high demand we’ve had to increase the number of tickets available. We will be relocating to a bigger, equally accessible venue with Category is books as a smaller mobile bookshop.

1/3 of the total number of tickets are FREE (i.e. we have 60 tickets available, of those 20 are free)

The code is 34QU.

For students, people on a low income, un(under)employed folks and any other beans who find themselves in a tough spot. Come and join us.

PA, Projects

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.


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.

Contributors, Interviews, Projects

Meet the Humans: Sarah Spence

As part of our campaign we will be introducing you to our contributors – the fabulous, creative and talented people we’ve recruited for this project.

Sarah Spence is a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the Medical Humanities. Her current project examines stigmatised health issues (mental illness, drug addiction, obesity) in contemporary Scottish literature. She writes poetry, short fiction and nonfiction and is an editor for literary journal From Glasgow to Saturn. Her work appears in a variety of publications, such as Thistle Magazine, The Glasgow Review of Books, Hold My Purse, Gilded Dirt, theGIST and Qmunicate. She often writes about illness, science, history and animals, and tweets @_sspenceSarah Spence pic - Knight Errant Press

[Knight Errant Press] Is gender identity a theme that comes up a lot in your writing? If not, what pushed you to explore it this time around?

[Sarah]: I’d never written about gender before – it seemed too personal and too overwhelming a topic.

As a girl, I feared being dismissed as feminine, so in my poem ‘Playground’ I explored my own flawed relationship to masculinity in high school. I joined in with the roughhousing boys, even though I’m a total wimp, because I knew their willingness (enthusiasm?) to hurt me was really a mark of respect. An imperfect way to navigate self-esteem and womanhood to be sure.

I was inspired to write my poem ‘Hemingway Masculinity’ after going to an exhibit at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery about representations of masculinity. It made me think of Ernest Hemingway, who tried to evoke a macho hypermasculinity not only in his subject matter but also in his plain, direct writing style – as a way to purge literature of its supposed femininity. So I’ve stolen his style and used it against him.

[KEP] Has exploring gender affected your worldview and your writing and reading habits?

[S:] I’ve since written another poem on gender, ‘The Edinburgh Seven, 1870’ published by Hold My Purse. The Edinburgh Seven were the first female undergraduates in Britain and they faced much opposition and discrimination, which lead to the Surgeons’ Hall Riot. I’d like to write about gender again – I think fiction can bring to life historical perspectives on gender, highlighting what has and hasn’t changed, as well as helping us to re-examine our current, often invisible gender norms.

[KEP] Was there a particular book, short story, poem or event in your life that inspired you to write your own?

[S]: I’m often inspired by the ‘stories’ of history or science. I always take lots of notes in museums, whether about the evolution of crocodiles or the origins of forensics (both weird and fascinating).

[KEP] What author or book do you think is most underrated? And why? (Prime time for some reading recommendations.)

[S]: The Sound of My Voice by Ron Butlin. It looks at alcoholism but through a second person narrator (‘you’) which is both uncomfortably immersive and almost whimsical. Butlin is also a poet and the novella is like a big poem with its vivid imagery and structural tricks.

[KEP] Is there any book, written by someone else, that you wish you’d written? Would you change it, if yes – how?

[S]: Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. It’s fast-paced and charismatic but also a really sophisticated, unsettling, challenging look at gender politics. The first book opens in a tiny settler town populated only by men but goes on to explore female as well as non-human perspectives in a world where the thoughts of men – and only men – can be heard by all.

[KEP] What’s the most famous book you haven’t read?/play you haven’t seen?/album you haven’t listened to?/film and TV series you haven’t watched?

[S]: I’ve tried – and failed – with The Godfather more than once.

[KEP] Do you ever feel like you have book FOMO (fear of missing out) because of a famous title you haven’t had the chance to read, if so, which one?

[S]: Not FOMO so much but I always have a long reading list on the go. I’m currently doing a PhD so I even have special bibliographical software to record everything that I need to read later!

[KEP] Tea or coffee?

[S]: Tea – peppermint tea.

[KEP] Early morning or late into the night?

[S]: I’ve been experimenting with early mornings recently, with mixed results.

[KEP] Digital or analogue?

[S]: Digital!

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