NAKED BOYS READING: LOVE BETWEEN MEN
CURATED BY ALAN HOLLINGHURST
Thursday 27 July 2017
Doors: 19:30pm | Show: 20:00
£6 advance sales | £8 on the door
Naked Boys Reading is delighted to announce that acclaimed UK author Alan Hollinghurst will be curating our summer event at the Ace Hotel.
When the Sexual Offences bill became law in England and Wales, fifty years ago this month, it at last became possible to write openly about love between men. This event celebrates that subject, partly in the new writing which then emerged, but also in private or clandestine texts going back to the 18th century – the extravagant love-letters of a famous courtier, a pornographic novel once attributed to Oscar Wilde, a story by E. M. Forster published only after his death. Then, in fiction and poetry of the past 25 years, we see writers exploring gay love as a subject in all its proper complexity.
Alan Hollinghurst was born in Stroud in Gloucestershire, England in 1954 and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He was on the staff of the Times Literary Supplement from 1982 to 1995. His acclaimed first novel, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988), gives a vivid account of London gay life in the early 1980s through the story of a young aristocrat, William Beckwith, and his involvement with the elderly Lord Nantwich, whose life he saves. It was followed by The Folding Star in 1994, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). The narrator, Edward Manners, develops an obsessive passion for his pupil, a 17-year-old Flemish boy, in a story that was compared by many critics to Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice.
His novel, The Line of Beauty (2004), traces a decade of change and tragedy and won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
He has just completed a new novel.
What they read:
Anon (1893) Teleny, Or the Reverse of the Medal. pp 234-236.
Forster, E.M. (1972) Arthur Snatchfold. pp132-137.
Gunn, Thomas (1992) The Man With Night Sweats. pp 3, 9-11.
Hervey, (1727-1731) Letters to Stephen Fox.
Hollinghurst, Alan (2004) The Line of Beauty. pp 176-178.
White, Edmund. (1997) The Farewell Symphony. pp 238-243.