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Are you aged 16-26 in Northern Ireland, or 18-26 in the Republic of Ireland, and identify as LGBTQ+? Do you enjoy writing stories or poetry, or want to be better at it? Are you into drawing, and want to learn illustration skills? Would you like to have your stories published?

POP UP are looking for LGBTQ+ young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland to take part in an amazing publishing project. Illustrator Jamie Beard and writer James Hudson will lead six online workshops, where you’ll develop your own writing and illustration. Jamie and James will then weave everyone’s work into a single story or collection of stories – which POP UP will publish as an e-book. The e-book will be sent to schools and libraries so that other young people can read stories that include LGBTQ+ experiences.

When does it happen?

The six workshops will take place over three weeks, between 14th and 30th September. Each week there will be one weekday workshop (4.30pm-7pm) and one weekend workshop. The e-book will be designed and published in October. The book will be launched at a celebration in November.

How do I get involved?
Be quick, because they’ll offer places for the first 20 people who apply. They need to know your name, age, the town and country where
you live. They’ll get back in touch as soon as we hear from you. You’ll need to have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone to join the
online workshops.

If you’re interested,


Who are Pop Up?
They work with 100s of children’s authors, running exciting children’s literature and publishing projects with young people across the UK and internationally. They know that children’s books rarely include LGBTQ+ characters. So we want to put young LGBTQ+ voices at the heart of children’s stories – by developing our own literature. That’s why they’re running The Rainbow Library.

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