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Cheeky queer romcom: Vicky Romeo + Joolz by Ely Percy

Tuesday, Mar 19 2019
19:30 - 21:00
Ely Percy
location: Lighthouse

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Join us for an unapologetically pink-tinged take on both Shakespeare and Glasgow with this phenomenal debut launch!

Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz by Ely Percy is a genreblending queer tartan reply to the romcoms of the 80s, written in the style of an American–Italian gangster movie. Set in 2001, it is a romp through Glasgow’s gay scene, narrated by a young, working-class and incurably romantic butch-about-town.

It’s a plucky, on-the-nose, heart-mending comedy about a bunch of queer folks trying to find their way and going about life where not a single queer person dies. What’s not to love?!


Ely Percy is a Scottish fiction writer, a memoirist and an epistolarian. Their first work Cracked: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (JKP, 2002) took the form of both a creative and an academic text; they graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s MPhil in Creative Writing in 2004, and since then their work has appeared in many reputable literary journals (e.g. The Edinburgh Review, The Scotsman Orange, New Writing Scotland, Causeway). Over the last fifteen years, Percy has facilitated countless writing workshops, they’ve been writer-in-residence in a prison, they’ve edited a lesbian publication and they’ve worked as a community librarian in an LGBT centre. Find out more about Ely and their work here.

Knight Errant Press is one of our favourite emerging publishers and we’re thrilled to host the launch of their first novel! A Glasgow-based press dedicated to publishing a variety of creations – fiction, poetry, non-fiction and graphic work – from LGBTQIA, BAME and migrant writers.


You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it here.

As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accesible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks!


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