After seeing a lack of writers that were ‘other’ and ‘different’, Afshan and Adam Lowe set up Young Enigma.
It was founded with initial support from Commonword, with subsequent support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, funded by the National Lottery.
Members of the group were also LGBT History Month Writers-in-Residence. The programme was supported by LGBT History Month, LGBT Youth North West, Schools OUT, Contact Theatre, Dog Horn Publishing and Talent Media.
Recently, Young Enigma performed at Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival. Their show ‘Patterflash’ is a queer literary variety show and LGBT outreach programme. The show was partially funded by members of the public through the group’s Indiegogo campaign earlier in the year. The performers drew upon the range of queer life – from ballroom culture to protest movements, from house music to cabaret, from drag to stand-up, from pride to the ‘gay language’ Polari – to vivify six intertwined stories of contemporary queer Britain. The show was opened by Cheryl Martin, an LGBT+ poet who has just released her first collection of poems, called Alaska (Crocus Books, 2014).