Please note that workshops are open to all members of lgbtq+ community plus allies unless otherwise stated. Workshops are free of charge but you need to get a ticket for the Saturday workshops. Tickets will be released in May.

The venues are accessible for wheelchair users. Please let us know if there are any ways we can make it easier for you to attend the events.

Click on the links to find out more about the workshops.

Saturday 22 June:

Poetry workshop

Illustration workshop

Photography workshop

Zine making workshop

Sunday 23 June:

Self care tips for the LGBTI community

Writing workshop

Infectious Diseases and Marginalised People – Talk and workshop


Saturday 22 June – Morning Workshops

Poetry workshop with Sonia Quintero
11:00-13:30, The Boardroom, Cambridge Junction

Poetry and narrative

Workshop info: Join for a gentle introduction to poetry and creative writing, exploring the power of words and images to recreate our inner world. We will be exploring the use of metaphors and personification to create a route between our brain and our heart. The emphasis is on free verse.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: No experience required. Art material will be provided. All ages welcome. All abilities welcome.

About Sonia: Sonia Quintero is a Colombian poet and writer who has lived in Newham for several years. Informal studies in Philosophy and History of Art in Colombia lead to Sonia’s involvement in education and community works with several non-governmental projects there. More recent studies in “Personal Development Gestalt Group”, Humanistic Counselling, and “Meditation in Art Therapy” and “Working with Anger in Art Therapy have furthered her understanding of the creative process.

She is also working as LGBTQ+ officer at the University of East London and recently started her job as Social Science assistant at the same University.

Sonia’s journey to learn the language and now write in English inspires her work with people who face barriers in access and learning in the contemporary city.

A selfie of Sonia smiling, behind her a big table with the many people sitting around it busy writing poetry.
Sonia Quintero at one of her workshops.

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Saturday 22 June – Morning Workshops

Illustration workshop with Ornella Ospino
11:00-13:30, The Hub, Cambridge Junction

Constructing our narratives

Workshop info:  Tired of people chatting for you, not finding content that speaks to you or about you?  No platform, so you stay begging? Let’s build our own! This is an interactive workshop on self-led work and the importance it has in the process of healing, archiving and ancestral work.  Lived experiences should be at the front!

Ornella will share how their doodles came to be and how we can better support each other in our community. There is space for all of us to create, so let us do it.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: Art material will be provided. No previous experience of illustration required.

About Ornella:  Ornella Ospino is a non-binary trans AfroColombian soft boi, community organiser, activist and self-taught digital illustrator based in London, UK.

Their art is a reflection of their experiences as a queer, black, trans, and a child of Colombian Caribbean migrant and also experiences of those in their community. Ornella centres these narratives, which are overwhelmingly never featured in art.

Their doodles focus on black gender non-conforming bodies, to document their existence, lives, feelings and emotions. They began doing these to not only archive the existences of these bodies but also as a method of communal healing.

Please note that this workshop is open only for QTIPOC participants). 

A colourful illustration with five black people with different body shapes, hairstyles and outfits. A pink writing saying Black is Beautiful
Black is Beautiful, Ornella Ospino

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Saturday 22 June – Afternoon Workshops

Zine making with Isabella normark & hanna Stephens from Daikon* Zine
14:00-16:30, The Boardroom, Cambridge Junction

Queer Futures

Workshop info:  This workshop invites participants to envision queer futures through creative discussion and zine-making. How do we imagine community strategies for surviving and thriving? What do queer utopias look like? Together we will navigate our anxieties, confusion, and hopes for the future to articulate visions of queer liberation.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: Materials will be provided, but feel free to also bring along photographs, drawings, poems etc. that relate to the theme or spark inspiration. No previous experience required.

About daikon*: daikon* zine is a platform for the writing, art, and activism of women, non-binary and all trans people in the Southeast and East Asian diaspora.

Please note that this workshop is open to members of the lgbtq+ community but priority is given to QTIPOC.

Six people sitting around a table, reading zines. On the table there are books, bag of crisps.
Daikon* Zine team

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Saturday 22 June – Afternoon Workshops

Photography workshop with Myah Jeffers
11:00-13:30, The Hub, Cambridge Junction

Queerness Through the Lens

Workshop info: Come along for a chance to digest and critique work,  as well as making your own. The workshop will dissect the work of portrait photographers who use their practice to inform how queerness is viewed and perceived within their respective worlds. This workshop will also provide you with the basic tools to capture your own authentic portraits that tell an important story.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: No fancy camera gear required. Bring your smartphone along, that is enough.

About Myah: Myah Jeffers is a dramaturg, director and portrait photographer and is currently the New Work Coordinator for Talawa Theatre Company, Literary Associate for the S+K Project, and Resident Photographer & Creative Director for poetry platform, Heaux Noire.

Myah’s work, in both the fields of theatre and photography, is centred on amplifying the voices of Black & Brown people, with a particular focus on queer people of colour.

Myah is sitting on a  wooden stool on a beach, behind her a wall.
Myah Jeffers

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Sunday 23 June

Self care workshop with Joyce man
11:00-12:00, Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology

Being your own best friend: Self Care Tips for the LGBTI community

Workshop info: People identifying as LGBTI have higher rates of mental ill health compared to their non-LGBTI identifying counterparts. Navigating through a heteronormative world can be extremely challenging at times coupled with the process of discovering and taking ownership of your identity. This talk will discuss some of protective and risk factors for poor mental health and assist you to identify early warning signs of poor mental health in yourself and others around you. Together, we will explore ways to build our own sense of worth, establish personal boundaries and other self care tips in order to maintain mental and emotional wellness when faced with challenges that may come along through our journey.

About Joyce: Dr Joyce Man is a research associate with the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she worked as a clinical psychologist for 12 years in Sydney with people with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions and challenging behaviour. Part of her role involved running sexual education workshops for young people with intellectual disability and autism as well as providing intervention to people exhibiting sexual behaviours of concern. Joyce came to understand her sexual orientation in her mid 20s which just goes to show everyone’s journey to self discovery is a unique one.

Please note that this workshop is open only for members of the lgbtq+ community.

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Joyce, a Hong Kong Chinese woman, is smiling at the camera wearing a blue scarf, behind her a window.
Joyce Man

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Sunday 23 June

Writing workshop with Aude Konan
11:00-13:00, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Writing queer stories

Workshop info:  This workshop will focus on how to write about one’s own queer identity and how to write queer stories.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: Material will be provided. No previous experience required.

About Aude: Aude wrote My little sister (Ma petite soeur), her first novel, at only 12 years old. It got published by the publishing company Dagan. She has won numerous children’s writing competitions; including Canard à vos plumes and the Philippe Delerm contest. As a playwright, she is an alumni of Talawa TYPT 1, Soho Writers Group and the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting. Aude writes scripts as well as working as a journalist for British, French and American magazines such as Complex UK, Okay Africa, and The Guardian. She likes to write in different languages for no reason.

She also lead creative and diversity workshop in the UK and Europe for organisations such as Amnesty International,  La Maison des metallos.

Please note that this workshop is open only for QTIPOC.

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Aude is standing against a blue wall, wearing a multicoloured strapless dress.
Aude Konan

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Sunday 23 June

Talk and workshop with Dr. Morwan Osman
14:00-15:00, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Infectious Diseases and Marginalised People

Workshop info: Diseases are often posed as the fault of the individuals and communities they affect: they’re a result of laziness, poor eating, or irresponsibility. These judgements ignore how exploitative labour practices, poor housing conditions, and social marginalisation can all increase susceptibility to disease. In this workshop, we will discuss how tuberculosis, a curable and preventable disease, transitioned from being a ‘disease of civilization’ to one that disproportionately affects marginalized communities across the world, and the role that structural racism and socioeconomic inequality play in maintaining this imbalance. Participants will be encouraged to think about how diseases that we commonly perceived to as a result of individual lifestyle choices can be aggravated, and in some cases caused, by external factor.

Prior knowledge &  what to bring: No prior knowledge or material required.

About Morwan: Morwan is a Queer™ Sudanese-American, who moonlights as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Medicine. His research is on understanding how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB, survives our immune defenses and drug treatment.

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Morwan is standing in front of a computer, connected to lab equipment. Morwan is black, and is wearing a brown bob wig and plastic rimmed glasses.
Morwan Osman

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