Notes and Queeries: Keith Jarrett


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Keith Jarrett in conversation with Jonathan Kemp

LGBTQ+ people have often gravitated towards libraries in search of self and community, but why? What does it mean to be queer in the library? Do LGBTQ+ people read 'queerly', and if so what radical potential does that offer to the collections at the British Library?

Poet, author and playwright Keith Jarrett explores his relationship to libraries and reading as a gay man by delving into the collections at the British Library and unlocking the queer potential in material which means something to him - revealing that queer power can reside in some of the most unlikely of places. Keith will reflect on his work and how libraries and reading have influenced him in a conversation led by writer and academic Jonathan Kemp, whose own work and practise challenge heteronormative assumption of time, identity and object.

UK poetry slam champion and Rio International Poetry Slam Winner, Keith Jarrett is a PhD scholar at Birkbeck University, where he is completing his first novel. His play, Safest Spot in Town, was aired on BBC Four, and his book of poetry, Selah, was published in 2017. His work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry, exploring Caribbean history, religion and sexuality.

Jonathan Kemp’s debut novel London Triptych (Myriad, 2010) was shortlisted for the inaugural Green Carnation Prize and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2011. His other fiction works include Twentysix (2011) and Ghosting (2015). His nonfiction works include The Penetrated Male (Punctum Books 2012) and Homotopia? Gay Identity, Sameness & the Politics of Desire (2016). He teaches creative writing at Middlesex University.


Name: Notes and Queeries: Keith Jarrett
Where: Knowledge Centre
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