Umbrella Lane Book Project

00:00–00:00 Mon 24 May

Current Project Updates (September 2021):


This book project is in it's exciting final stages. The panel of people with lived experience of the sex work industry met, deliberated and made a selection of thirteen peices of work following the open call in May this year. At the moment, some participants are finalising the creation of their new peices, whilst the layout of the book is simultaneously underway. We look forward to going to print later in 2021. 


Details to be announced soon! 


Read more about the project background and open call below. 


Project Background: 


Umbrella Lane, in partnership with Arika, are producing a sex worker led book around the theme of Lies and Truths, taking the quotes below as a starting point for exploration.


Lies & Truths. As wide ranging as that can be… Self denial, sexual repression, political lies, misinformation, the things we do to get by…how to live authentic lives rooted in our essence and vitality especially during this pandemic era, the ways we find not only to survive but assert ourselves, how we draw power - from what Audre Lorde termed the erotic - in daily life and as part of nature….


The unconscious wants truth, as the body does. The complexity and fecundity of dreams come from the complexity and fecundity of the unconscious struggling to fulfil that desire. The complexity and fecundity of poetry come from the same struggle.


From Lies, Secrets and Silence by Adrienne Rich

Excerpted from the essay Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying


The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and chaos of our strongest feelings. ... For the erotic is not a question only of what we do; it is a question of how acutely and fully we can feel in the doing.


From Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Excerpted from the chapter The Uses of the Erotic The Erotic as Power


Open Call: 


In May 2021 we held an open call, inviting people with lived experience of sex work to submit proposals, which could take the form of:


  • Visual works, full colour or black & white
  • Written pieces – maximum word length 2000
  • Pieces that merge text and illustration
  • Poetry 


The idea is to represent a range of experiences and diversities. We want to add to the collective process of contextualising our lives in an intersectional manner and push back against stereotyping of sex workers. 


Each successful submission will recieve a fee of £550 for their work. 


All selected contributors will receive two free print copies of the book, in addition to their fee. It will be available on a sliding scale to the general public, from full price, not-for-profit cost and free. All proceeds raised from sales will go to Umbrella Lane in Glasgow, Scotland.