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About the event

The first season of QCC Litfest (2018) is to celebrate various voices of Queer Literature in India, with a special focus on the Tamil Queer Literature. QCC Litfest 2018 will be a one day packed event, consisting of Panel Discussions, Lectures, Poetry readings, Book Readings, and a Lunch break.

The Litfest hopes to bring together Queer authors, translators, creators, with media persons, Queer community and allies to stimulate conversations about Queerness in Indian languages and Indian English writings.

Being a first of its kind in the country to our knowledge, the Litfest will introduce emerging Queer authors to an interested reader base, and create opportunities for them. It will also be a space for progressive forces working in various fields to consider and improve their Queer inclusive policies and nature.

Why Queer LitFest

Isn’t all literature, literature? Why label something as Queer and have a dedicated litfest for that?

It is true that Queer Literature are sometimes discussed on the mainstream and alternative literature festivals of India. But they doesn’t have the opportunity to discuss the wide spectrum of diverse Queer voices, and they often end up as spaces for discussing current queer issues in general. The literary value of a work, and the queerness of the work or author, are discussed only the loss of the other. Needless to say, many public spaces in India are queerphobic and or not safe for the queer community. These again are all that’s available for writings in English, and a certain kind of works that get repeatedly translated into English.

So every work of art is filled with political undertones, ambitions among other things. Queer literature is literature, we agree with you, and welcome you to discuss the literary value of it without invisibilizing the queerness of it. A focus of our litfest is certainly that. Identity politics is not new for us either, the greatest intellectuals of our country have explained the importance of the names we are called by which are used as tools to oppression or empowerment.

Why crowdfunding

As an Independent Publishing Forum we want the Litfest to be a space that encourages Queer individuals and allies who are involved in helping us organise the event. Queer talent is still marginalised and devalued, and we as a society need to go a long way to gain workplace equality when it comes to queer individuals. We at QCC feel the right thing to do is to honour the effort, time and work of queer individuals in all our events and projects. So While this initiative is not for profit, we are keen to remunerate individuals who are involved in organising the event, and queer artists, writers who participate in panel discussions and present lectures. We are looking for like minded people to support us financially for the Litfest.

How will we use the money

The QCC Litfest 2018 will be held in the first week of July 2018 in Chennai. Authors, Creators from around Tamil Nadu and India are invited for the event.

The money will be used to:

  • Venue cost
  • Remunerate volunteer individuals, speakers and panelists
  • Print and design the LitFest collaterals 
  • Print and Online Promotions
  • Cover travel costs of speakers from outside Chennai
  • Refreshment and food for volunteers and speakers

About QCC

Short for Queer Chennai Chronicles, QCC is an independent Publishing forum started in 2017 to promote and publish Queer Literature with a focus on Tamil writings. Our First book Vidupattavai (The Leftouts) by Gireesh, an author and artist from chennai, was published in collaboration with Karuppu Pirathigal during the chennai book fair on January 2018. Our next projects include a mixed media anthology of Queer Creative expression about queerness and chennai. More details about us, and details about our works can be found at our website:

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