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THE BLACK FLAMINGO
‘Celebratory and passionate, Atta’s bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth’ – The Guardian
‘Deeply involving’ - Financial Times
‘Inspiring’ – Irish Times ‘
A powerful and revealing young adult novel…bold, tender and full of blossoming moments of heartache and joy’ – Attitude
Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance The Black Flamingo follows Michael as he comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen and finds his wings at university as a drag artist. An exploration of a mixed-race LGBTQ+ experience in Britain, The Black Flamingo is a bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness and finding your inner strength. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
Named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday and “one of poetry’s greatest modern voices” by Gay Times, poet Dean Atta’s work has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4, often dealing with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up. Dean regularly performs across the UK and internationally.
Anshika Khullar is a genderfluid, Indian illustrator based in the south of England. Their art explores themes of beauty and femininity, but in forms that are traditionally overlooked; their illustrations feature people of colour, people of various different shapes and sizes, and people who generally defy the stereotypical ideals of what beauty and femininity is.