November readings at Gay’s the Word

We’re delighted to announce a night of readings from Green Carnation shortlisted writers on Thursday, November 18th.

Christopher Fowler will be there with his hilarious and moving memoir, Paperboy; Jonathan Kemp will guide us through his psychogeographic multi-narrative of urban desire, London Triptych; and Rupert Smith will let us in on the private lives of men separated by decades, linked by stories, with Man’s World. It’s going to be brilliant.

And it couldn’t have a better venue: Gay’s the Word has been a veritable map reference for gay and lesbian readers for thirty years or more. What with the fabulously wide-ranging stock (fiction and non-, “from the liberating to the indulgent”) and wonderful, discerning, enthusiastic booksellers, it would be a treat of an independent bookshop, even without its specialism in gay lit. With that, though, they’re invaluable: a reason to love London.

From 19.30, then, we’ll be indulging in some of the best writing by gay men – some of the best writing, end of – this year, in London’s first and only lesbian and gay bookshop. There’s really no reason for you not to join us – so, see you there, then?

(Unfortunately, Max Scahefer and James Hannaham won’t be able to attend – but we will be raising a glass to them and their fantastic books nevertheless…)

Visit the Gay’s the Word website here for more details – you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’ve ever successfully dyed a carnation green, please also get in touch – the judges need your advice!

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2 Responses to November readings at Gay’s the Word

  1. Rupert Smith says:

    The time-honoured way of dying a carnation green is to stand a white carnation in a bottle of green ink overnight. The cut stem of the flower draws the ink up, and it finds its way into the petal. You don’t get solid colour, but a rather delicate veined effect, which is in itself quite bona. I read this at an impressionable age, possibly in Philippe Julian’s biog of Wilde, and of course tried it out. Diluting the ink a little might help.

  2. Nick says:

    What a very thorough reply, even citing your sources. Thanks! It feels like the perfect activity for a rainy evening in. I like the thought of posh young aesthetes getting all Blue Peter in their back rooms.

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