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The Coast is Queer : Queer literary Festival Feb 2021

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    At one point during the session Queers in the Library, there was a brief discussion of the concept of space itself, that the library can be as much a virtual zone as a material one, a space both physical and theoretical. It seemed to me to sum up the whole of the festival … Continue reading



A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance : review by Jonathan Kemp

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“Pakistani culture visits the crimes of the child on his parents. I would shame them more than myself. It would be them, not me, at the forefront of public scorn and ridicule”, writes Mohsin Zaidi in this powerful memoir, and to understand this is to understand the entire nature and timbre of his dilemma, and … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp (and his moustache) raves about HOMOSTASH DIARIES #01

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  What did you do during lockdown? Learn Spanish or how to bake banana bread? The hotties who run the hot East London clubnight Homostash decided to take advantage of the restrictions produce a gorgeous full colour Zine featuring all manner of mustachioed lovelies. something they’d been thinking of for a long time but had … Continue reading



“Closet Cases: Queers on What to Wear” reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  Sartorial innovation has become something of a trademark, even a cliché or stereotype, of the (in)famous ‘homosexual sensibility’ (think Queer Eye). In Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, ‘Notes on Camp’, she writes: “A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about.” Better, perhaps, to show rather than tell, … Continue reading



Golnoosh Nour: The Ministry of Guidance & other stories ‘queer in the truest & most profound sense’

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As this book’s dedication asserts, these stories are “for all the queers”, and a queerer collection of short stories you’re unlikely to encounter this year. These tales are queer in the truest and most profound sense, existing at the dangerous and fertile intersection of gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality. In the first story, set in … Continue reading



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