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Polari: LGBT History Month

American author Tim Murphy discusses his stunning debut novel to mark LGBT History Month. Tim's novel, Christodora, is a bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art and activism, from the early 1980s to the near future.

The novel has been described by Candace Bushnell as 'a moving portrait of New York in the time of AIDS' and by Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life, as 'an impassioned, big-hearted and ultimately hopefuly chronicle of a changing New York'. Christodora has been optioned for TV by Paramount and the producer of True Detective.

Tim Murphy is a journalist who has written for, amongst others, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Details, Conde Nast Traveler and WSJ Magazine. Tim has reported on HIV/AIDS for 20 years in such publications as Poz, Out, The Advocate and New York Magazine, where his cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism.

Polari is both storybook and comment on queer lives, devoted to new and established literary talent. In its tenth year of residency at Southbank Centre, the award-winning LGBT salon is described by The Hungerford Post as ‘the most exciting literaly movement in London... crackling with energy, ideas and excitement.’

Polari is curated and hosted by Paul Burston – described by Attitude Magazine as ‘easily one of the most important commentators of his generation.’

Tonight also features readings by Sebastian Buckle (The Way Out: A History of Homosexuality in Modern Britain), Sarah Day, (Mussolini’s Island) Suzi Feay and Leon Craig.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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Polari contains adult themes. Suitable for ages 18+