Saturday, January 26, 2013

February 2013: LGBT History Month Special Event

Neil Bartlett (Skin Lane, Mr Clive and Mr Page) and

Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych)

discuss writing gay historical fiction and why it is important to imagine hidden histories,

and read from their current work-in-progress.

Friday 8th February


Camberwell Library, SE5

Refreshments and nibbles available

Neil Bartlett ('Skin Lane', 'Mr Clive and Mr Page') is a writer, theatre director, and performer.  His work has been performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and at the National Theatre and the Royal Court amongst many others.  He was Artistic Director of the Hammersmith Lyric for 10 years, and was awarded the OBE for his achievements there.  Bartlett’s 3rd novel ‘Skin Lane’, the story of a man’s sexual innocence and repression set against the background of the 1967 Wolfenden Report and the legalizing of gay sex, was nominated for the Costa Book Award in 2007.

Jonathan Kemp is a writer and teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Birkbeck, University of London.  His first novel, ‘London Triptych’, tells the stories of three gay men living in London during three different periods spanning the late nineteenth century through to the early twenty-first century, drawing comparisons and links between the experiences of each.  It was the winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and the Polari First Book Prize in 2010.
This event has been sponsored by a grant from Southwark Council's LGBT Network.

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