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Fri 14 Jun 2024 @ 5:00 pm - Sat 15 Jun 2024 @ 7:45 pm

First Date Festival - Lighthouse


Lower Cafe
Age Group: 18+
Duration: 3h30m

As great lovers of romance and feel good fiction  Lighthouse thought it was high time they created a platform for a much beloved genre that deserves its own stage.

Now in its second year, FIRST DATE serves up a dazzling variety of romance books, events discussing genre boundaries, subversive politics, queer joy, and feminist pleasure, *and* an all-day marketplace to find your next (or maybe your first?) romance read. We’ve added an erotica writing workshop, a somatic pleasure workshop, and a book launch with dinner to the programme, bringing you even more ways to engage with this broad and exciting genre.

‘Pleasure is the point. Feeling good is not frivolous, it is freedom’ – Adrienne Maree Brown

Romance writing has long shown that the personal is definitely political. The genre has hosted important conversations on consent, and represents a huge diversity of stories which are still missing from mainstream fiction – joy and pleasure for women, queer people, people of colour, fat people, disabled people, and more. Too often it’s seen as a frivolous genre – but our pleasure is not frivolous! Our pleasure is radical.

Most events will take place in person in the gallery space below MF Coffee Shop at Summerhall, with plenty of space for book stalls, movement, writing, and talking about all things romance.  All events will be livestreamed to the Lighthouse website & YouTube for anyone who wants to join in from afar.

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