The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy.

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.

*I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.*

Title:The Black Flamingo
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781444948585
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    The Black Flamingo Reviews

  • Kai

    who else did not know they needed this drag queen origin story??I first saw Dean Atta talk and read at a poetry event in Berlin. I had previously read his poem "How to come out as gay" in the queer an...

  • Acqua

    A beautiful coming-of-age story about a gay biracial black boy as he find his voice through poetry and drag.For me, it's always a breath of fresh air to read about marginalized characters who are not ...

  • Dean_o

    THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE STARS!!I honestly picked this one up last minute at YALC. I had met Dean Atta the day before and was immediately in love.However, I have never really been into poetry.I alwa...

  • Kate (GirlReading)

    This is without a doubt one of the most beautifully portrayed coming of age stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It delves into the nuances of self discovery, acceptance, expression and id...

  • Megan Ashcroft

    Definitely recommend, a beautiful story about identity and self-discovery!...

  • Eleanor Grace

    This book was so beautiful and powerful. So glad I picked this up, even though it’s totally different from my usual reads. I loved it wholeheartedly....

  • Alfie Rowland

    I was unfamiliar with Dean Atta’s work until I read Stripes’ Proud anthology earlier in the year and his contribution of ‘How To Come Out As Gay‘ was absolute standout for me. It’s probably ...

  • Lisa

    "Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour."And this verse novel does all of that and more. Beautiful, bold and brilliant....

  • Leo

    Actual rating: 4.5☆I’m on the train and I’m crying. This is one of those books that needs to be read. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, mixed, white, queer or straight.Read this book. RtC. ...

  • ashortbooklover

    Real rating 4.5 stars...