Queer’Say September 2016

Paula Varjack Photo: Hannes Früh

Paula Varjack
Photo: Hannes Früh

Highlights of Queer’Say recorded at Rich Mix on 9 September. Rosie was ill so the poets Fergus Evans, Jackie Hagan and Paula Varjack interviewed one another – with occasionally hilarious results. This event was supported by Arts Council England and presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes.

The final Queer’Say of 2016 will be at Free Word Centre, Farringdon on 16 November.

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Special Interview: Jeffrey Weeks

coming-out-pic-2Clayton Littlewood meets gay activist, historian and author Jeffrey Weeks to talk about the new edition of his book Coming Out. It was originally published in 1977 and traces LGBT life in Britain from the late 1800s to the present day.

After the publication of the first edition, which was barely ten years after male homosexuality had been partially decriminalised in England and Wales, Jeffrey was unemployable for a long time as a professional historian. By 2012 his career had gone full circle and he was awarded the OBE for services to social science.

This is the extended version of the interview that was broadcast on Out in South London on 25 October 2016.

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Listen Again: 25 October 2016

51e2ccro1plIn a literary special, Rosie speaks to authors Juliet Jacques and VG Lee about their books, Trans: A Memoir and Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire.

Clayton Littlewood chats to gay activist Jeffrey Weeks about the new edition of his book Coming Out. It was originally published in 1977 and traces LGBT life in Britain from the late 1800s to the present day

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Dead or Alive: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) from the album Youthquake
2) Wallis Bird: That Leads the Way from the album Home
3) The Hidden Cameras: The Day I Left Home from the album Home on Native Land
4) PWR BTTM: I Wanna Boi

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Listen again: 18 October 2016

poster-hiv-monos-2Stewart Who hosts the show. He is joined by writer Patrick Cash to discuss The HIV Monologues, which can be seen on 22, 27 and 28 October at Miranda London, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.

He also chats to Jonathan Paul Hellyer – previously a singer with Bronski Beat, occasional actor and cult drag performer known as the Dame Edna Experience.

Denholm Spurr speaks to director Robert Chevara and writer Alexis Gregory about their production of SAFE, a piece of verbatim theatre that explores homelessness among LGBT youth. It runs at the London Theatre Workshop from 17 – 22 October.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) George Michael: Waiting for that Day from the album Listen Without Prejudice
2) Antony and the Johnsons and Boy George: You Are My Sister from the album I’m a Bird Now
3) The Cliks: Cry Me a River from the album Snakehouse

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Listen again: 11 October 2016

black-pathRosie welcomes Paul Burston to the studio to discuss his new psychological thriller The Black Path and the winner of the Polari First Book Prize, who was announced at London’s Southbank on 7 October.

She also interviews film director Ingrid Jungermann about her feature debut Women Who Kill. This sharp dissection of Brooklyn’s lesbian scene follows her web series The Slope, co-created with Appropriate Behaviour’s Desiree Akhavan, and screens at London Film Festival from 14-16 October.

Clayton Littlewood talks to Jack Silver who directs Confessional, Tennessee Williams’ first play with an openly gay character. The show is on at Southwark Playhouse until 29 October. (An extended version of the interview can be found below.)

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Amanda Rheaume: Mind Over Matter from the album Holding Patterns
2) CREEP: You (feat Nina Sky)
3) Courtney Barnett: Lance Jr from the album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

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Listen again: 4 October 2016

Who's Gonna Love me Now?

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

Rosie Wilby returns to host the show and speaks to Alexander Bodin Saphir. He is the co director and co-producer of the documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? which screens at London Film Festival on 8/9 October and follows the London life of Israeli gay migrant Sar over several years.

She also chats with our resident film critic Matt Williams to preview the queer highlights at the festival including Moonlight, an unflinching look at being black and gay in 1980s Miami.

We also hear highlights of the Queer’Say spoken word show recorded at Wilderness festival with Sophia Blackwell and Hannah Chutzpah.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) The London Gay Men’s Chorus: Holding Out for a Hero

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Queer’Say Exclusive

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Nick Field – image: Field & McGlynn

At our Queer’Say event at Hackney Attic on 30 September, theatre-maker and writer Nick Field unveiled an exclusive poem just for us. A Million Ways That Europe Saved Me was originally commissioned to be performed on 23 June but the event had to be rescheduled due to flooding at the venue. We’re very excited to now be able to share it.

Queer’Say is supported by Arts Council England and presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes.

The next live events are at Artrix Bromsgrove on 7 October, Cheltenham Literature Festival on 13 October and Free Word Centre on 16 November.

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