Free Thinking: Polari Prize 2020 and Sunil Gupta

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking

2020 Polari Prize winners


Sunil Gupta says his photographs ask what does it mean to be a gay Indian man? Shahidha Bari looks at his work and talks to the winners of the 2020 Polari Prize, which usually takes place at London’s Southbank Centre, and to Paul Burston, founder of the salon.

Amrou Al-Kadhi’s memoir Life as a Unicorn deals with their life growing up as a queer Arab Muslim drag queen through stories of tropical aquariums, quantum physics and Egyptian divas. They are the winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2020.

Kate Davies’s In at the Deep End is a novel that charts a twenty-something civil servant’s introduction to lesbian sex, the queer community and complicated, toxic relationships. She is the winner of the Polari Overall Book Prize 2020.

From Here to Eternity: Sunil Gupta a Retrospective runs at the Photographers’ Gallery until 24th Jan 2021, including images from his street photography, the 1970s New York Gay Liberation scene, his series The New Pre-Raphaelites and newer digital works.

This episode is part of BBC Radio 3’s residency at London’s Southbank Centre and the BBC Culture in Quarantine initiative

Producer: Caitlin Benedict