One thing I’m really passionate about is anything related to the LGBTQQI+ spectrum. Link that passion with equality, and sprinkle something artsy, and you’ll have me there – eyes sparkling.
A few moons ago, I was speaking with a dear friend, and they brought up the fact that they were limited in the Queer representation in local literature. They made a list online, and asked me to contribute to it (which in reality – I couldn’t). This got us scratching our heads – how could we, in this country which so frequently comes 1st in terms of LGBT+ rights, not have that many decent, and positive, queer characters in our stories?
“If only we could change this”, I remember musing to them.
“Well… there is funding…”, they pointed out.
And that is how Kitba Queer was born!
Kitba Queer was accepted for funding by the Malta Arts Council – Creative Communities, to run in 2018. What we will be doing is organising workshops, mingle sessions, and social events, with the aim of publishing an Anthology by the end of the year. In this Anthology, “Queer” will be celebrated. There will be positive representation, poetry, comics, short stories, illustrations!
I cannot express how excited I am about this, and to think that it all started from an abstract conversation about how we wanted to have more things to read!