Queer City London
A panel discussion on changes in homosexual lives in London over the past 50 years. It was an accompanying event to the British Library exhibition Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty.
The panel is chaired by writer and performer Chris Green. A member of the legendary Duckie Collective, Green's characters are as diverse as his output on stage, screen and radio. Green has performed around the world and in many of the UK’s largest cultural institutions.
Rikki Beadle Blair MBE is an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, singer, designer, choreographer, dancer and songwriter. Blair is the artistic director of the multimedia production company Team Angelica. Blair’s works include the screenplay for Nigel Finch’s film Stonewall (1994) the major Channel 4 TV series Metrosexuality (2001), and two national tours of FIT, a play developed to help tackle homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools (2007, 2008).
Diana Souhami is a writer of short stories and plays, but is perhaps best known for her numerous works of biography, which include Gluck (1988), Gertrude and Alice (1991), and The Trial of Radclyffe Hall (1998). Souhami’s latest published work explores the role of lesbians in the development of modernism in Paris.
Dr Kate Graham is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster, where her work focuses on Early Modern drama, particularly revenge tragedies. Graham is director of the Queer London Research Forum which was established in 2003 to investigate London’s queer histories from the mid-1800s to the present day.
Paul Flynn has worked as a journalist for two decades. He was a columnist for Attitude magazine, i-D, Dazed, Fantastic Man and various newspapers. Flynn’s first book Good As You (2017) was long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize, and charts 30 years of pop culture and social change that transformed the UK for gay men.
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