Fuse fm … Free Live Stream Performances with Bury Pride … Pride in Trafford – Festival 2021 … New book by Matt Cain


Fuse fm

Fuse fm is an internet radio station based at Manchester University. A member of Out In The City, Don, was interviewed about campaigning and activism to create a show with an intergenerational connection. The students involved, as part of their course on Drama, are interviewing contributors in their 20s and people over 60.

The show is built around different interviews each week, intertwined with music, and will be streamed live on Friday 23 April from 1.00pm – 2.00pm on https://fusefm.co.uk/

Free Live Stream Performances with Bury Pride

Saturday, 24 April at 7.30pm

Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network is proud to present the first performances from our Pride Stages Bursary artists – Cheddar Gorgeous and Jason Andrew Guest – this Saturday as part of a new series of FREE digital events from Bury Pride and The Met across this summer celebrating LGBTQ+ communities – until we can meet again.

Full details are below. To watch this weekend’s Pride Stages Double-Bill live stream please go to:

Cheddar Gorgeous:

Oh What a Lovely Lockdown

Drag artist, activist and academic Cheddar Gorgeous explores the experience and ‘blitz spirit’ of the pandemic in a new performance using spoken word, comedy and satire – drawing upon their experiences as an eccentric-attention-hungry artist navigating loneliness with delusions, a plucky attitude, and a tune or two!

Jason Andrew Guest:

Welcome to the Haus of Myztique

A showcase of QTIPOC Excellence from vocalist, dancer, choreographer and creative powerhouse Jason Andrew Guest, celebrating Black Queer artists, musicians, and icons through vocal house and high fashion. Expect Diva star quality and iconic fashion moments inspired by Diana Ross, Grace Jones, Ru Paul, Naomi Campbell, Tyra, Naomi Sims and more.

Pride in Trafford – Festival 2021

Monday 17 May – Saturday 22 May

Cheddar Gorgeous

The annual Pride in Trafford Festival ties in with the opening week at Waterside Arts (1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Trafford M33 7ZF), and kicks off on Monday 17 May. 

After 421 days closed, come and join them for an exciting summer programme of live theatre, music, comedy, dance and events – both in and outside the venue.

In line with government guidelines, they have a number of Covid measures in place so you’ll be in safe hands when returning to the venue this summer.

The Pride in Trafford programme explores and celebrates identity and LGBTQ+ life with comedy, cabaret, storytelling, dance and theatre shows showcasing local and up and coming LGBTQ+ artists and performers. 

See the festival programme here.

New book from Matt Cain – The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. It was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it’s finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . .

This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!

To pre-order from Queer Lit, follow this link – £13.49

Matt Cain

Review by Peter Johnson for Canal St Online:

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle is a captivating novel that may have not made sense even twenty years ago. Set in the Lancashire I know, the story of Albert helps us to reflect on friendship, acceptance and the changes that have happened during that time.

Matt Cain has skilfully drawn our attention to the struggles and experiences LGBT individuals have faced in the past and today, but also how society has changed to embrace and celebrate diversity.

The story is totalling engaging and takes you on a journey where the characters and locations are vividly accurate. As the chapters unfold the story brings tears of joy, laughter and poignant reflections. 433 pages of sheer bliss! I read it in one sitting. I implore Matt Cain to write a sequel because Albert has so much more to say, he now lives in my head! It is a compelling tale of hope and discovery that many will identify with.

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