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Wed 21 Sept /
 YR 12 / 11.20-12.20

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Dean Atta

Only on the Weekends is the highly anticipated follow-up to Dean Atta’s breakout YA debut The Black Flamingo, which won the prestigious Stonewall Book Award and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize.

Mack never thought he'd find love, but now two boys want to be with him. Will he choose Karim or Finlay? And can true love last for ever?


Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic - he blames the films he's grown up watching. He has liked Karim for as long as he can remember, and is ecstatic when Karim becomes his boyfriend - it feels like love.


But when Mack's dad gets a job on a film in Scotland, Mack has to move, and soon he discovers how painful love can be. It's horrible being so far away from Karim, but the worst part is that Karim doesn't make the effort to visit. Love shouldn't be only on the weekends. Then, when Mack meets actor Finlay on a film set, he experiences something powerful, a feeling like love at first sight. How long until he tells Karim-and when will his old life and new life collide?


Dean Atta's debut poetry collection was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean's work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up-and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK, and internationally. He is a tutor for Arvon Poetry School, and a Keats 2020 Poet in Residence at Keats House. 

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