Queer representation in writing & the Scottish literature scene

If you're reading this, you're probably a queer writer or reader living in Scotland. Hello, and thanks for stopping by!

I'm currently in the development stage of a project that will hopefully, once launched, help amplify queer voices in the Scottish literary scene. In preparation, and to know where to focus efforts and resources, I want to get a clear picture of what life is like for queer writers in Scotland: where our interests lie, what community is out there, how that community is currently supported, and what exactly could use some work. In particular, I'm interested in whether the various identities that make up the queer community are all given meaningful representation in what we read.

The survey is mostly multiple choice with a few opportunities to comment, so it should take no more than 10 minutes.

The first half will ask general questions about identity and reading habits.

The second half is directed towards writers. If you're not a writer feel free to skip these questions.

The last three questions are about the current queer literary scene in general.

All questions are optional. All information will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes of better understanding how the queer writing community could benefit from different forms of support.

Thanks again! Your time and ideas are very, very much appreciated.

Ryan Vance
www.ryanvance.co.uk

What age are you?
Where in Scotland are you based?
How do you identify? (Part 1)
When it comes to identity, labels aren't always useful. However, if you *had* to use one of these to describe your sexuality, which would it be?
How do you Identify? (Part 2)
Same again - if you *had* to use one of these to describe your gender, which would it be?
How do you identify? (Part 3)
That's quite enough of labels - in your own words, how would you describe your gender/sexuality?
Your answer
What do you read the most (choose 3)?
(Apologies in advance to the poets for cramming you all into just the one tickbox...)
Is it easy for you to find the following types of writing near where you live?
Easy
Takes some effort
Difficult
Scottish writing
Queer writing
Queer scottish writing
With regards to what you read, how often do you come across representation of the following identities?
Frequently
Sometimes
Rarely
Never
Cis Woman
Trans Woman
Cis Man
Trans Man
Asexual
Non-binary & genderfluid
Lesbian
Bisexual
Gay male
How important to you is accurate/meaningful representation of your queer identity? (1: extremeley / 5: not at all)
Extremely
Not at all
When reading, how often do you encounter a queer identity that's representative of (or close to) your own? (1: frequently / 4: never)
All the time
Never
Just to expand on your previous answers, can you describe your thoughts on literary representations of your identity?
For example, do certain genres commit particular misrepresentations, or has representation of your identity improved recently?
Your answer
Here begin the questions for writers. At what level are you with your writing?
How often do you address queer themes in your own writing? (1: Frequently / 4: Never)
All the time
Never
When writing, how important is it to you to consider a queer reader? (1: Extremely important / 5: Not a consideration)
Extremely important
Not a consideration
When writing, how important is it to you to consider a mainstream audience? (1: Extremely important / 5: Not a consideration)
Extremely important
Not a consideration
Could you expand a little on your previous two answers regarding the importance of queer and mainstream readers?
For example, is it more important to you to prioritise queer experience over accessibility, or do you hope to achieve more with your writing by appealing to a broader readership, or are these simply non-issues when in the act of writing?
Your answer
In general, how supportive is the Scottish literary scene of diverse/queer writers?
Extremely supportive
Outright antagonistic
In general, how engaged is the Scottish queer scene with literature?
Extremely engaged
Not interested at all
Please rate the following support options on how beneficial they would be to your writing at this point in your career, 1 being most useful, 5 being least useful.
1
2
3
4
5
Formal tuition (spelling, grammar, etc)
General mentoring (structure, technique)
Career mentoring (networking, performing)
An annual publication dedicated to queer Scottish fiction
More funding opportunities specifically for queer writers
Think about what you ranked highest in the previous question. Are there any barriers you're aware of that prevent you from accessing these support options through more standard arts schemes and programs? (i.e. not ring-fenced for queer writers)
Your answer
Is there anything relating to the queer writing scene as it currently stands that you think deserves praise?
Your answer
Is there anything relating to the queer writing scene as it currently stands that you think could do with improving?
Your answer
Any other comments / anything I've not covered that you think is important?
Your answer
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