An independent publishing house which helps hidden voices be heard.
Polari was a secret language from the early 1900s when homosexuality was still criminalised in the UK. Spoken almost exclusively by gay and bisexual men, the nature of clandestine meetings brought together people from all walks of life, who all had an influence on the language.
Cockney, Romany and Italian languages mixed with the colloquialisms of thespians, circus performers, wrestlers, sailors and wider criminal communities to create a slang to express their sexuality safely.
Inspired by these origins, we publish queer voices, alongside other marginalised groups, to share perspectives and build a collaborative platform for all of us.