Polari Speech – Part One

I rarely write from a gay perspective because I don’t feel that my sexuality has any claim over what I write, so the idea of being a ‘gay writer’ has always felt less applicable than ‘a writer who happens to be gay’, just as an actor’s choice of roles isn’t dependent on his or her […]

You’re Invited to ‘The Burning Man’

One reader points out, ‘You’re running an authors website, how about some book news?’ Fair point well made. Okay, first out of the gate for 2015 is ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’, which inconveniently launches on my birthday, March 26th (inconvenient because it turns out there was a secret restaurant booking made some […]

Curtain Up!

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been knocking around since 1863. I’ve been going there since I was a kid, when it used to be two separate bars with a stage and a trapeze. Pole-dancers, drag acts and low comics would race along the bar, so you had to whip your pint up pretty sharpish not […]

London’s One Stop Culture Shop

On Friday night I appeared at a terrific Polari event run by Paul Burston, with six of the most varied writers imaginable, talking about everything from South African weddings to bonkbusters. The room overlooked the London Eye, and had a bar and a bookshop, and what was interesting was that the entire South Bank was […]

Polari @ South Bank

Next Friday you can combine literary pursuits with an evening of live entertainment at Polari at Southbank Centre, when the iconic arts venue is taken over by the Polari gay literary salon, with DJs and live entertainment in an evening for bookworms who like to let loose once in a while. The event takes place […]