The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality
(ii) ‘Goodbye to Soho’ by Clayton Littlewood
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 7pm FREE – doors 6.55pm
Venue: Gay’s the Word
Celebrating the publication of ‘Goodbye to Soho’; the follow-up to Clayton Littlewood’s hugely successful and excellent book, ‘Dirty White Boy’.
Dirty White Boy is back with more tales from the unforgettable cast of Soho characters
Business in London’s Soho is not going well and the designer menswear shop that Clayton Littlewood runs with his partner, Jorge Betancourt, is under threat.
Following on from his award-winning diary Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho, Clayton Littlewood is back, watching the hookers, the gangsters, the rent boys and following the same strange characters who make up this strangest of villages.
Will eccentric artist Raqib Shaw continue on his path to artistic immortality? Can Sue and Maggie, the Soho madams, keep the law at bay? Will ageing queens Leslie and Charlie reignite their long-lost love? What will become of Chico, the imprisoned ex–Diana Ross impersonator? And what of the Prince of Soho himself, Sebastian Horsley? Will America welcome him to its shores? Goodbye to Soho is a snapshot of modern London— a Samuel Pepys diary for the Soho subculture.
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please note this will be a mainly non-seated event. If you require a seat for this reading please just let us know on the day! – doors 6.55pm
Venue: Gay’s the Word
Can’t make the reading but would like a signed copy of the book? Simply e-mail email@example.com putting ‘signed Soho’ in the subject-header; paperback £10.99 (£16.99 HB also available)
‘Clayton has been seduced by Soho’s sleazy magic and through him so are we.‘ — Marc Almond
‘As scurrilous and entertaining as ever.’ —Rupert Smith (Man’s World)
‘Like Isherwood’s Berlin, Littlewood’s Soho co
mes to life right off the page.’ —Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych)
‘Downright Dickensian…not simply a good writer but a great writer.’ —Polari Magazine
‘That dirty old whore Soho has no better pimp than Clayton Littlewood.’ —Tim Fountain (Resident Alien)
“Beautifully composed vignettes…observed by a ravenous, compassionate, amused voyeur of the first rank.” —Nicholas de Jongh (Plague Over England)
‘While the wider world may view them with fear or disdain, Clayton captures the beggar’s humanity and the hooker’s humour with warmth that can bring a lump to the throat or leave one roaring with laughter. It might sound strange to be comforted by the daily trials of prostitutes, trannies, prisoners and street sweepers, but that’s what Clayton does – brilliantly.’ (Stewart Who? Twisted)
Gay’s the Word bookshop regular, Clayton Littlewood ran the Soho designer menswear store Dirty White Boy with his partner, Jorge Betancourt. His first book, Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho (a Gay’s the Word bookshop recommended read), based on his diaries kept whilst at the shop and wrote the “Soho Stories” column for The London Paper, contributing regularly to BBC Radio London. In 2009 Clayton turned the book into a play which staged at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End alongside actor David Benson and singer Maggie K de Monde. The play returned for an extended run in 2010.
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working date: Thursday 24th May (date TBC)
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‘In the Making’ by G.F. Green
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an event with Richard Canning and Peter Parker
Friday 22nd June 7pm
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