I remember my first L Fest in 2013 and watching the amazing poet and author Jackie Kay perform on the arts stage. She has always been a role model of mine. I thought, one day I would like to be on this stage performing to the L fest crowd.
That feeling may even go back further to 2003-5 when I attended the Libertas/YLAF festivals. The thrill of being up close and personal to some of the LGBT living writers I admire most. It inspired me to keep going, keep working on it, despite intensive day jobs, family problems, health issues and difficult relationships.
So, I did... and this year for the first time, I was up on stage at L Fest reading my own work to the L Fest audience alongside some of the next wave of UK based Les Fic authors. And it felt amazing. To read some emotionally challenging pieces in a supportive environment is one of the proudest moments of my life. Here's to many, many more. It's not to say there weren't challenges of coures, and I don't think I could have even attended the festival, let alone perform without the support from my good friends Tan, MIRI and Aurelie (thank you all heaps).
If you missed me or any of the wonderful authors at L Fest, you can catch a few of us and more at the Diva Literary Festival 3-5 November in Birmingham.