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Thu, 13 Jun

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Christ Church Centre

Some Men in London: An evening with historian Peter Parker

Tickets £5-30 This is a live, in-person event. Location: Christ Church Centre In celebration of Pride month, we're delighted to welcome British historian, biographer and journalist, Peter Parker, to discuss his new anthology, Some Men In London: Queer Life 1945-59.

Some Men in London: An evening with historian Peter Parker
Some Men in London: An evening with historian Peter Parker

Time & Location

13 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DD, UK

About The Event

Tickets £5-30

This is a live, in-person event.

Location: Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD

In celebration of Pride month, we're delighted to welcome British historian, biographer and journalist, Peter Parker, to discuss his new anthology, Some Men In London: Queer Life 1945-59.

About the book

The first part of a major new anthology which uncovers the rich reality of life for queer men in London

In the 1940s, it was believed that homosexuality had been becoming more widespread in the aftermath of war. A moral panic ensued, centred around London as the place to which gay men gravitated.

In a major new anthology, Peter Parker explores what it was actually like for queer men in London in this period, whether they were well-known figures such as John Gielgud, 'Chips' Channon and E.M. Forster, or living lives of quiet – or occasionally rowdy – anonymity in pubs, clubs, more public places of assignation, or at home. It is rich with letters, diaries, psychological textbooks, novels, films, plays and police records, covering a wide range of viewpoints, from those who deplored homosexuality to those who campaigned for its decriminalisation.

This first volume, from 1945 to 1959, details a community forced to live at constant risk of blackmail or prison. Yet it also shows a thriving and joyous subculture, one that enriched a mainstream culture often ignorant of its debt to gay creators. Some Men In London is a testament to queer life, which was always much more complex than newspapers, governments and the Metropolitan Police Force imagined.

'Quite simply, this book is a work of genius' Matthew Parris, Spectator

Peter Parker is a British biographer, historian, journalist and editor. He is the author of biographies of J. R. Ackerley and Christopher Isherwood, The Old LieThe Last VeteranHousman Country and A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners. He edited A Reader's Guide to the Twentieth-Century Novel and Twentieth-Century Writers, is an advisory editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and contributed essays to Britten's Century and Fifty Gay and Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read. He has written about people, books, art, architecture and gardening for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, and lives in London's East End.

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  • Event Entry

    With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individual

    £5.00
  • Book + Ticket

    With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individual - 1 copy of 'Some Men In London' by Peter Parker.

    £30.00

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