The Black Flamingo

About The Book

"This is not about being ready, it's not even about being fierce, or fearless, IT'S ABOUT BEING FREE."

Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels. One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.

He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours ... Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers' Choice Award 2020, The Black Flamingo is an extraordinary debut. A powerful coming-of-age story about finding your true self, told beautifully in verse.

Themes: Identity, Gender, LGBT, Racial Equality

Cover design by Anshika Khullar

Check out the Author

Dean Atta's debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody's Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean’s work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up – and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK and internationally. He is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, and is co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Find out more at his website, Twitter or Instagram.

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