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Polari: Featuring David McAlmont

Join Polari to celebrate the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, at an evening led by singer-songwriter David McAlmont.

McAlmont reads an excerpt from his new queer history performance project girl.boy.child, an immersive, seance-like historical odyssey, inspired by three LGBT lives lived in National Trust properties.

The performance project is inspired by the lives of Christopher St John of Smallhythe Place, Rye, East Sussex, William John Bankes of Kingston Lacy in Dorset, and Henry Cyril Paget of Plas Newydd, Anglesey. It premiered at the National Trust’s Prejudice, Pride, Place conference, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.

An acclaimed vocalist and songwriter since his eponymous debut release in 1994, McAlmont has since studied the history of Western art and architecture. He has been a HuffPost contributor since 2012, and guest lectured at the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery.

girl.boy.child was created in collaboration with the National Trust, Professor Richard Sandell of the University of Leicester Museums Department, and artist Julie Howell.

Also reading from their latest work this evening are Stephanie Theobald, James McDermott, Helen Trevorrow and Simon McDermott.

Tonight also marks the launch of the Polari Prize Tour, funded by Arts Council England. The 20-date tour will include events in Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Mallorca. A special event to mark 40 years of London’s legendary club Heaven forms part of the tour.

Described by Attitude Magazine as ‘one of the most important important commentators of his generation’, author, journalist and founder of Polari Paul Burston hosts the evening.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 16+. Please note that Polari contains adult themes.