Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love

>Edward Carpenter was the Victorian Morrissey, the English Walt Whitman – and the original vegetarian, sandal-wearing socialist. So why is this gloriously eccentric figure almost forgotten today? We could hazard the hypothesis that it is because he was gay and that gay lives have a habit of getting swept back into the closet but Mark Simpson, in the following article …

From the Ban to the Booker

>Two programmes in which best-selling author Val McDermid examines the development of the lesbian novel. She looks at the furore surrounding Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, banned in 1928 because of its lesbian content. Virginia Woolf’s Orlando was published in the same year but escaped the censor. The programme includes a rare BBC recording of Vita Sackville-West, the inspiration …

Dirk Bogarde’s Letters – Part Two

>In public, Dirk Bogarde was shy, reserved, polite to a fault. But in private, he was far more entertaining. These extracts published in the Daily Telegraph from a new collection of his most intimate, wickedly funny personal letters, reveal Bogarde as he really was. Read the first selection of letters here. The second selection of letters dealing with Bogarde’s volatile …

Dirk Bogarde’s Letters – Part One

>In public, Dirk Bogarde was shy, reserved, polite to a fault. But in private, he was far more entertaining. In the first of two extracts published in the Daily Telegraph from a new collection of his most intimate, wickedly funny personal letters, we reveal Dirk as he really was. Read the first selection of letters here.

brokeback mountain

>The London Literature Festival brings together words, stories, ideas and laughter to the city’s original festival site. Be inspired, entertained, dream and debate, with a packed programme of events that reflect the dynamism and globalism of the city. Specially commissioned performances, readings from prize-winning authors, comedy, music, debate and three major book prizes, all take place during an exciting two …

Brokeback Mountain, the Opera

>The American composer Charles Wuorinen has been commissioned by the New York City Opera to compose an opera based on Annie Proulx’s renowned short story Brokeback Mountain. The story made into a popular and controversial award winning film by Taiwanese director Ang Lee in 2005, famously tracks the complex relationship of ranch hand Ennis del Mar and rodeo cowboy Jack …

Hidden Gay Hip-Hop Scene Revealed

>Terrance Dean, a former executive at music channel MTV, has penned a memoir of his life and times in the hip hop industry as a gay man. It is an explosive exposé of a thriving gay subculture in an aggressively male business, where anti-gay lyrics and public homophobia are common. […] That gay hip hop subculture certainly seems to be …

Broken Voices: ‘Untouchable’ Women Speak Out

>The Launch of Broken Voices: ‘Untouchable’ Women Speak Out, the new book by Valerie Mason-John, will take place on Thursday 17 April at the Borders Bookstore on Charing Cross Road, London at 6.30pm For the occasion, a panel discussion hosted by Producer and film maker Pratibha Parmar will bring together Sharmilla Beezmohun, deputy editor of Wasafiri, Malati Wankhede, from the …

Dumbledore’s Outing a Mixed Blessing

>While crowds cheered last week at the announcement by JK Rowling that her character Dumbledore was gay, Time Magazine’s John Cloud feels a little more reserved about the news. After a quick overview of suggested gay characters in Sci-fi. Cloud wonders what the late outing means in his article Put Dumbledore Back in the Closet.

Dumbledore Outed

>During a recent Q&A session at the Carnegie Hall in New York, JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, answered a question about one of her characters’ love life by stating that he is gay. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is, for the majority of the series, the headmaster of the fictional school attended by Harry Potter, Hogwarts School …