GTW NEWS and POETRY EVENT: Alex Dimitrov & Maureen Duffy 28/11/13

Gays The Word: NEWS and POETRY EVENT: Alex Dimitrov & Maureen Duffy 28/11/13. As staff at the shop begin to gear up for a busy Christmas period they’ve not only stocked-up on their wonderfully diverse range of books, film and cards but they’ve got something of a smile on their faces as Gay’s the Word will reach its milestone 35th anniversary in the early new year. So be sure to come along to Bloomsbury – perhaps to one of the fantastic events listed here.

THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL – coming January 2014

For all literary fans of the great Armistead Maupin, you’ll be hugely excited to know that the 9th book in Maupin’s critically and popularly acclaimed ‘Tales of th City’ series will be published in January 2014. “The Days Of Anna Madrigal” chronicles the twilight years of literature’s most beloved trans woman, now 92, and her journey from San Francisco back to Winnemucca.

Scotland Remembers

History Scotland has published the first of three online articles on LGBT History in Scotland which Bob Cant has written to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of his book, ‘Footsteps and Witnesses: Lesbian and gay lifestories from Scotland’. www.historyscotland.com You can access it here The second article will appear in September and the third in November/December.  

No Thanks for the Memories!

Memoirs of  A Gay Boy by Edward Dale Jeff is born in a small town in the American mid-west. He is gay and homosexuality in his community is legally and socially taboo. An adolescent affair is encouraged by a liberal librarian and flourishes in a special hidden place, but soon his clandestine relationship with Michael is revealed and the consequences …

OUT! OUT! OUT!

With International Coming Out Day just around the corner (11-10-12) it seems an apposite time to tell people about the RUComing Out Website, which deals with precisely that subject. It’s worth visiting, especially if you are a lesbian and/or black, since most of the coming out stories so far are from white men. In the meantime, check out the tiny …

The Secret Life of Oscar Wide, by Neil McKenna

The Secret Life of Oscar Wide, by Neil McKenna 2004 Arrow Books ISBN 9780099415459 Reviewed by Tony Fenwick   I took this biography with me as holiday reading in Italy and in Cromer. Wherever people saw me with it they would comment – either in English or Italian – on what a genius Wilde was and gush over his way …

Gordan the Giraffe, by Bruce Brown

A must for primary schools is Gordon the Giraffe, by graphic novelist Bruce Brown. The story is an uncomplicated one of a bunch of young giraffes who play a traditional game involving pairing up as boys and girls. A boy giraffe wants to pair up with Gordan and this leads to some serious peer bullying and aggression. Gordan consults his …

Samphire Coast by Robert Greenfield

Samphire Coast by Robert Greenfield Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN9781843869177   A thoroughly easy and enjoyable comic read for the summer about 2 gay London lads who up sticks and set up a Bed and Breakfast establishment up here in North Norfolk. The story is an assortment of titbits from the journals of the author and the guestbook of the …

Cooper's Promise by Timothy Jay Smith

Cooper’s Promise by Timothy Jay Smith Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN 1462084087, 9781462084081 A very strange and enigmatic novel that has haunted me since I read it. His is not an easy read and from the outset the author makes the reader work hard. Initially the novel has no setting and very little characterisation. We jump about locations, are enveloped …

Broken Crystal by Jack Norman

Broken Crystal by Jack Norman. Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN978 1466 469 822   A beautifully told heterosexual love story set in World War 2. Themes include love, betrayal, loyalty and patriotism all told in a romantic and terribly subtle British way. The novel moves between many locations including the secret service, Bletchley Park and the code breakers and a …