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In conversation with Dean Atta

Dean Atta is on tour and I can’t wait to meet up with him at Portobello Bookshop to talk about his new book, Person Unlimited: An Ode to My Black Queer Body on 12th July!

Photo of Dean Atta, smiling, overlaid with a thumbnail of his book and white text: The Portobello Bookshop. Dean Atta, in conversation with Jeda Pearl, Friday 12th July, 7pm. Loive at the bookshop. Sign up to join us in person.

Dean Atta in conversation with Jeda Pearl
12th July 2024, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
£0 / £5.00 (voucher) / £14.99 (includes signed book)

In-person at Portobello Bookshop
46 Portobello High Street
Edinburgh, EH15 1DA
Access: ramp, hearing loop 

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About the book

Person Unlimited (Canongate) is a bold and vulnerable account of Dean’s relationship with his race, his sexuality and himself, Person Unlimited asks us to confront how willing we are to see – and accept – ourselves in full: the good, the bad and the ugly; our past and our present.

From choirboy to drag act, grandson to mentor, poet to lover, Dean Atta has played many roles in his life. In this formally inventive, candid and courageous book, he explores what he has carried in his body: wins and losses, shame and pride, pain and joy. Dean also investigates how radical self-acceptance and a willingness to abide with discomfort open up the possibility of a life lived beyond definition: a person unlimited.

About Dean

Dean Atta is an award-winning author and performance poet. He won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List. He has written two YA novels-in-verse including The Black Flamingo which was a top-selling debut of 2020, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, CHIP Carnegie Medal, the Jhalak Prize and the YA Book Prize. The Black Flamingo was also awarded the prestigious Stonewall Book Award and the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice Award 2020. Person Unlimited is his non-fiction debut. @DeanAtta

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