The winner of the Polari First Book Prize was announced at last night’s raucous Polari literary salon’s fourth birthday party at the Southbank Centre, with the inaugural prize going to James Maker’s self published ebook ‘Autofellatio’. Paul Burston, Time Out’s very own Gay & Lesbian Editor who hosted the award, said ‘The judges felt that ‘Autofellatio’ stood out with its humour, honesty and heartfelt exploration of British queer life over the last 30 years. It deals with the hardships of growing up gay in a way that is witty, endlessly quotable and, above all, brave.’ James Maker urges all aspiring writers and novelists to ‘do it yourself, go out there and promote your work through Spoken Word. Anything might happen.’
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