Paradise Press

Fine writing by lesbians and
gay men since 1999


Paradise Press is a collective of LGBT+ writers and editors which has published over forty titles since 1990. Gay Authors Workshop is an association of LGBT+ creative writers – poets, dramatists, essayists, fiction and non-fiction writers.

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The Gay Authors Workshop is an association of LGBT+ creative writers – poets, dramatists, essayists, fiction and non-fiction writers. Their aim is to support writers by providing opportunities for them to meet, to read, discuss and develop their work. Read More

Paradise Press produces novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs and non-fiction. All our authors are members of the Gay Authors Workshop.

Some of our titles are no longer available but you will see from the Books section there is a wide range, from the wit of Mike Harth and John Dixon to memories of lost queer spaces (Lost Places) to serious pioneering history in Amiable Warriors. There is also passionate women's writing, e.g. We Want to Tell You How.

Upcoming Events

6 to 27 June 2024 - Creative Writing

A bitter-sweet evening of reminiscence at which a collection of memories of places which hold special significance in our lives, will be remembered by a collection of poems.

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Pride month

25 June 2024 - Writing Proud

Unlock your creative potential in a friendly LGBT environment at this free workshop.

Various members of Gay Authors Workshop will be reading from stories, poems and essays around the themes of Pride, self-respect and discovery.

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Shoe Lane LIbrary

4 July 2024 - Flash Pride

Join us for an evening to celebrate the art of Flash Fiction, a genre where every word counts. Immerse yourself in stories that craft entire worlds in as few as 100 words.

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Flash Dances

12 & 20 July 2024 - Pride in a Flash 1 & 2

Flash 1 - An evening of readings of Flash Fiction, short stories ranging from 20 to 600 words, by LGBT+ writers.

Flash 2 - Flash fiction, stories from 20 words to 1,000 words, is one of the most varied forms of literature there is.

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Latest News
Flash dances

We've discovered there's real talent and appetite for what is called micro-fiction; stories even shorter than flash fiction.

Forty for Forty will award a £40 prize for the best story under 40 words.

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Having finished two series of Flash Fiction workshops, we have five new members all eager to learn the craft of writing.

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GAW member Patrick Notchtree has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize 2024 for his novel Maxym.

This is a major American award for 'independent salient writing as well as the independent spirit of small publishers'.

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