Paned â...: Digital Interview Series

Throughout the spring, Paned o Gê will be hosting Paned â (translation: a cuppa with...) series of digital interviews, via Zoom, with a number of renowned LGBTQ+ writers.


To register for a ticket, please click on the title of the events below.  You will then be redirected to the EventBrite page. Though the tickets are free, to ensure they are as accessible as possible! However, if they can, patrons are welcome to donate some money to help cover the costs.


The interviews will be hosted in English. Each one will also include a BSL interpreter.


The events will be recorded and uploaded to AMAM.cymru and possibly even developed into a podcast in the future.

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Paned â Bryan Washington 

18:00-19:00 | 20-01-2021

Zara Siddique, Social Media Officer for and Committee Member of Glitter Cymru, will interview Dylan Thomas Prize winner Bryan Washington about his new novel, Memorial.

Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honouree. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, GQ, The Awl, and Catapult. Atlantic published his short stories, Lot, in 2019, which won the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize. He lives in Houston.

Zara Saddique

Zara Siddique is a bisexual woman, single parent, LGBTQ+ activist and Glitter Cymru’s Social Media Officer.  Simultaneously, she is currently pursuing a Masters in Artificial Intelligence at Cardiff University and alongside her studies, she founded a sustainable clothing business and works as a freelance website developer.

Paned âg afhsan d'souza-lodhi

18:00-19:00 | 09-02-2021

The Education Officer for and Committee Member of Glitter Cymru, Rania Vamvaka, will discuss the poetry collection [re: desire] by afshan d'souza-lodhi with the poet.

afshan d'souza-lodhi

afshan d’souza-lodhi was born in Dubai and bred in Manchester. She is a writer of plays and poetry, short films (An Act of Terror for Channel 4) and radio plays (Chop Chop for BBC Sounds). d’souza-lodhi has edited many anthologies and has an essay featured in Its Not About The Burqa, a collection of writing by Muslim women.

Rania Vamvaka

Vamvaka grew up in Athens to a Turko-Egyptian family and came to the UK in 2011.  In 2016, she joined Glitter Cymru and currently serves as their Education Officer. She is a researcher at Cardiff University, researching the experiences of PoC/Ethnic Minority LGBTQ+ forced migrants in Wales. Over the years, she has worked for various NGOs and the local government.

Paned â Shola von Reinhold 

18:00-19:00 | 16-02-2021

Comedian Priya Hall will question Shola von Reinhold about their debut novel, Lote, released last year as part of Jacaranda Books's Twentyin2020 initiative.

Shola von Reinhold

Shola von Reinhold is a writer based in Glasgow. Their debut novel Lote was published in March 2020 by Jacaranda Books as part of the Twentyin2020 initiative to publish 20 Black British writers in a year. They have had writing in publications such as the Cambridge Literary Review, Hotel and Ambit. 

Priya Hall

Priya Hall is a stand-up comedian and comedy writer who is quickly ascending through the comedy scene. She has already featured on BBC Presents: Stand up for Live Comedy (BBC One & Three), Stand Yp (S4C), and Hunllef yng Nghymru Sydd (BBC Radio Cymru). She is a host on the podcast Here to Judge, produced by Little Wander.

Paned â Niven Govinden

18:00-19:00 | 09-03-2021

LGBTQ+ HIV/AIDS rights activist and YouTube show presenter Rahim El Habachi hosts an Interview with novelist Niven Govinden about his latest release, Diary of a Film.

Niven Govinden

Niven Govinden is the author of five previous novels, most recently This Brutal House, which was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and shortlisted for the Polari and Gordon Burn Prizes. His next venture is Leather Bar '79, a publishing imprint giving voice to queer writers of colour, launching in 2021.

Rahim El Habachi

Rahim El Habachi is a LGBTQ+ HIV/AIDS rights activist and presenter, who hosts aawedli, a weekly show in Arabic on Gay Maroc TV YouTube channel. A member of Glitter Cymru, he is also a playwright, having written the play Beyond the Rainbow for the Welsh National Opera, and a belly dancer.

Paned â Norena Shopland 

18:00-19:00 | 16-03-2021

Dr. Surabhi Kandaswamy, a researcher at Cardiff University, will converse with historian Norena Shopland about their latest release, A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA Historical Records.

Norena Shopland

Originally from Cardiff, Norena Shopland has a master’s degree in Heritage Studies. She has worked for the British Museum, National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of London among leading heritage organisations. She now specialises in researching, recording and promoting LGBT+, women’s and Welsh histories.

Dr. Surabhi Kandaswamy

Originally from India, Dr. Surabhi Kandaswamy is a medical geneticist and a trans woman. She is currently completing a postdoctorate at Cardiff University. She has many research interests including eye disorders, sex development and disorders of sex development.

Paned â Kink Contributors

18:00-19:00 | 13-04-2021

In February 2021, Kink, a collection of stories about consent, BDSM and other sexual interests was published.  Zeyn Joukhadar and Callum Angus, two of its contributors, will join us to discuss the book.

Shahbaaz Shahnawaz

Shahbaaz Shahnawaz is a Cardiff based student, the current BME Rep for Cardiff Universities LGBT+ Association, and most importantly a proud genderfluid, queer, poc who loves nothing more than spending their days burying themselves in all things queer, brown, trans and kinky.

Zeyn Joukhadar

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novels The Thirty Names of Night and The Map of Salt and Stars, which won the 2018 Middle East Book Award.  His work has appeared in SalonThe Paris Review[PANK] Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Joukhadar has received numerous fellowships, including from the Camargo Foundation.

Callum Angus

Callum Angus is a trans writer, editor and former bookseller currenty based in Portland, Oregon.  His work has appeared in LA Review of Books, Seventh Wave Magazine, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from Lamda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts.  His first book, A Natural History of Transition, is forthcoming from Metonymy Press.

Paned â Rivers Solomon 

18:00-19:00 | 11-05-2021

Writer from and about life in the margins, Rivers Solomon's latest publication, Sorrowland, will be released in May 2021. Fae will join comedian Priya Hall for a conversation about the book and more.

Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon is an anarchist, a dyke, a she-beast, an exile, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  Fae write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.  Sorrowland is faer third book, following the lauded An Unkindness of Ghosts and The Deep.

Priya Hall

Priya Hall is a stand-up comedian and comedy writer who is quickly ascending through the comedy scene. She has already featured on BBC Presents: Stand up for Live Comedy (BBC One & Three), Stand Yp (S4C), and Hunllef yng Nghymru Sydd (BBC Radio Cymru). She is a host on the podcast Here to Judge, produced by Little Wander.

Paned â John Sam Jones

18:00-19:00 | 25-05-2021

Join us for the book launch of John Sam Jones's memoir, The Journey is Home: Notes from a Life on the Edge, in the company of Dr. Surabhi Kandaswamy, a researcher at Cardiff University.

John Sam Jones

John Sam Jones realised he was gay as a teenager at the beginning of the 1970s and quickly came to understand that his life would be lived always on the edge. His collection of short stories – Welsh Boys Too – was an Honor Book winner in the American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards.

Dr. Surahbi Kandaswamy

Originally from India, Dr. Surabhi Kandaswamy is a medical geneticist and a trans woman. She is currently completing a postdoctorate at Cardiff University. She has many research interests including eye disorders, sex development and disorders of sex development.