Coming Out

Contributor/s : Dean Atta, Neil Bartlett, Maureen Duffy, Mel Kenyon

Recorded on date : June 17, 2020

Fifty years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Dean Atta, Neil Bartlett and Maureen Duffy talk about how changing attitudes to homosexuality have been reflected in literature and performance. Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and he was named one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Neil Bartlett is a novelist, theatre-maker and former Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. He has an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brooks University for his commitment to gay culture and civil rights. Maureen Duffy is a poet, playwright, novelist and Vice President of the RSL. Her novel The Microcosm (1966) is a landmark in lesbian fiction and she was involved in public debate about homosexual law reform. Chaired by theatre agent Mel Kenyon.

This event is held as part of the LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival.

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