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Saturday 23rd October 2021

Chewing Gum Launch!

— Unit 8, Parkway Trading Estate, St Werburgh's Road, BS2 9PG
Chewing Gum launch - feat. Bridget Hart, Chuck SJ & DJ set from DEE2
price: Headfirst Tickets


Chewing Gum is here!
Join us to for a night of queer Grease-inspired shindiggery to celebrate the glorious new collection from poet and all-round excellent human Bridget Hart. Hosted by the magnificent Chuck SJ, your pre-night out dose of poetry will feature an opening song from Chuck, reading from the inimitable Bridget Hart and a DJ set from DEE2 to get us all dancing.

The ticket price is £10 and includes a signed copy of the book! (Don’t pre-order the book if you’re planning to come!)


**Dress-up encouraged**

A bit about the book:
Inspired by Grease (and Grease 2), Bridget Hart shakes the dust from these old familiar characters and wipes away the heteronormativity for new queer possibilities. Exploring sexuality, masculinity and re-inventing identity, Chewing Gum draws on real life trivia and 'off-screen' elements to recreate a narrative enriched with queer history. Chewing Gum gives closure to those left on the ground as Greased Lightnin' disappears into the sky.

Featuring stunning full-colour illustrations by Lisa Rose throughout, this little book is a thing of beauty.

'This collection is my favourite combination of fun and quietly heartbreaking. It made me want to rewatch Grease as I pause and read out these wondrous words. Bridget has made something really special' – Travis Alabanza

'Tender yet funny, simple yet revolutionary, these poems breathe fresh and deliciously queer life into a classic.' - Maria Ferguson

Bridget Hart (they/them) is a poet, editor and producer in Bristol. Not a multiple slam champion but known for being mouthy.

Bridget has performed at a variety of events including Manchester Punk Festival, Shambala, Boomtown Fair, Audacious Women Festival, and properly your back garden circa 2011-16. In 2017 they released the debut pamphlet Better Watch Your Mouth with Burning Eye Books. Their work is also published in Poetry Rivals, Paper & Ink Literary Zine, Untitled Writers, Dear Damsels,, Ink, Sweat & Tears and the Poetry Health Service.


Chuck SJ is a multidisciplinary artist, often exploring trans and autistic matters through various forms. Chuck has performed at Manchester pride, L-Fest, 2000 Trees, Brighton Pride, Anarcho Folk Festival Amsterdam, Trans Pride, LadyFest Maastricht and numerous off grid locations; including 'trailer parks' in Germany, Switzerland and Amsterdam, woodlands scattered throughout Europe. Chuck is well known for their gripping stage performance, unique guitar skills and brutal honesty


DEE2 is a Bristol based DJ, co-founder of Bad Reputation and has played at nights like Hush, Queer Prom and Punka.

For those unable to attend we'll also be hosting an online launch (details to follow).

Pre-order Chewing Gum here:

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Chewing Gum Launch! at Unit 8, Parkway Trading Estate, St Werburgh's Road, BS2 9PG
Chewing Gum Launch! in Bristol 2021

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