‘I found myself taking more risks, because failure had a second life — it could spin a yarn. There was an agency in the retelling, in the self-deprecation and of course self-mythologizing. Memoir is how you groom yourself. Memoir is drag.’ So says Jeremy Atherton Lin in his gorgeously exuberant book Gay Bar – one of the fascinating texts in our series celebrating the stories and voices blazing a trail for the LGBTQIA+ community today. From the continual battle for recognition and equality in society, to issues of identity and self-acceptance; and from powerful personal journeys to vivid insights into the human condition: these events shine a kaleidoscopic light on the joys and sorrows, pride and persecution faced by those who don’t conform to the gender or sexuality norms often cast on them by society.
Torrey Peters: Modern Families, Baby
Saturday 14 August 17:30 - 18:30
Detransition, Baby is the fizzing debut novel from American author Torrey Peters, a modern story about motherhood, sex, relationships and chosen family.
Peters herself made headlines when the book was longlisted for the Women’s Prize, the first time an openly trans writer has been nominated, and made history as one of the first openly trans writers to be published by one of the ‘Big Five’ publishing houses. What is it like for a writer to suddenly find themselves the centre of such attention? Peters shares all with chair Heather Parry.
Harry Josephine Giles & Ely Percy: The Drama’s in the Dialect
Wednesday 18 August 16:00 - 17:00
Join Giles and Percy as they discuss the importance and pitfalls of writing in their home dialects with author Heather Parry.
Carmen Maria Machado: The Language of Violence
Wednesday 18 August 19:00 - 20:00
Carmen Maria Machado joins us to talk to about her work, and being the architect of her own resurrection.
Pragya Agarwal & Shon Faye: Reframing the Personal and Political
Tuesday 24 August 16:00 - 17:00
In what is ostensibly an era of choice, the most personal decisions we make – about our bodies and how we live our lives – continue to be subject to analysis, discussion and frequently unwelcome debate. Both books draw significantly on the writers’ personal experiences, and in what is sure to be a fascinating and frank dialogue, they come together to help us change the public narrative on these most personal of matters.
Shon Faye & Travis Alabanza: Freedom Beyond Toxic Narratives
Saturday 28 August 17:15 - 18:15
Shon Faye and Travis Alabanza talk to feminist writer Lola Olufemi about moving beyond toxic narratives towards a freedom that will benefit us all.
Jeremy Atherton Lin: Coming Out, Going Out
Saturday 28 August 19:00 - 20:00
The culture of the Gay Bar is the subject of Jeremy Atherton’s new book, covering leather parties in San Francisco’s Castro district as well as dark rooms in Vauxhall railway arches in London.
Jeremy talks about the joys, memories and vital social histories of gay bars he has known.
Hysteria: A Post-Apocalyptic Cabaret
Saturday 28 August 20:30 - 22:00
A performance night from Aberdeen, Hysteria was built by and for marginalised artists, making every performance an inherently political celebration, and this is no exception. Through song, spoken word and drag, the electrifying mix of performances inspire and challenge in equal measure as our six artists give us a Manifesto for a New World Order. This is about the audience as well: Hysteria is an unapologetically queer-affirming, trans-inclusive space where authentic self-expression is appreciated and encouraged. Come out or stay in, dress as fabulously as you please and enjoy the show.
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Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market is open but with strict rules and guidelines. Come and join us for some bargains and for sellers to have a clearout!
Meander Apparel Sunday Socials are free weekly bike rides leaving from the George Street store, providing the chance for any casual cyclists to meet new people with common interests.
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