The Black Flamingo
'Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth' - Guardian
A powerful coming-of-age story from one of the UK's leading poets, Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Poet X.
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
'I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.'
In the media
A very modern masterpiece
A powerful coming-of-age story about finding who you are, all told in beautifully-written verse...with an overarching message of embracing who you are and showing your true colours in the world that often imposes mundanity, a book that anyone can appreciate
Gay Times magazine
The short lines give Michael's story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving
The Black Flamingo is the book I wish I had when I was younger ... joyful, emotional and full of depth
Travis Alabanza performance artist and poet