Krakow Melt opens in 2005, as Poland is grappling with its newfound role as a member of the European Union. Pope John Paul II (a Pole) is approaching death while the country's soon-to-be president makes homophobic declarations. Radek, a bisexual artist, is convinced that fire is the great stabiliser. While creating miniature replicas of the world's great infers, he meets Dorota, a literature student and budding pyromaniac. Driven by rage and sexual curiosity for each other, they buck Church, government and the LGBT community to find sexual freedom.
Daniel Allen Cox: Daniel Allen Cox is the author of Shuck (2008), shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and the ReLit Award (Canada) for best novel. He is also a columnist for Capital Xtra! in Ottawa, Canada.