Challenging HIV Stigma: Story & Poetry Reading

November 23 | 19:30 - 20:30

Edinburgh Adults Panel Event / Author Reading, Spoken Word / Performance Poetry / Slam Health & Wellbeing, Poetry

Hear the stories and poetry of people affected by HIV as they read from their forthcoming literary collection. The book, which will be published in late autumn, reshapes the narrative of HIV, painting a picture of HIV in Scotland today and moving beyond the grim, looming image of the AIDS tombstone imagery of the 80s. The reading is preceded by a writing workshop, where you can write your own rebellious poetry or stories with HIV Scotland's Artist in Residence. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. To reserve your space, email Nathan at or visit The Fruitmarket Gallery's website for an Eventbrite link: The workshop and reading party are part of the Positive Stories Project, a series of creative writing workshops for people living with HIV, a mentorship programme that pairs people living with HIV with professional writers and a published book in which those affected by HIV share their stories with the world. This project is the first of its kind in Scotland, giving those affected by HIV a chance to work directly with professional writers to better tell their stories. Let’s write to end HIV stigma.

Free (ticketed)

Book your place

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

0131 558 3713

Venue information

The Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market Street


No stairs to enter the venue; event held on ground floor. Accommodation can be made for those who are hard of hearing - request reserved seats for closer positioning to the workshop leader and readers.

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