GTW NEWS and POETRY EVENT: Alex Dimitrov & Maureen Duffy 28/11/13

Dear Friend of Gay’s the  Word,
as staff at the shop begin to gear up for a busy  Christmas period we’ve not only stocked-up on our wonderfully diverse range of  books, film and cards but we’ve got something of a smile on our faces as Gay’s the Word will reach its milestone 35th anniversary in the early new  year.  So be sure to come along to Bloomsbury – perhaps to one of the  fantastic events listed below – wish the shop well and browse your way  to bookish bliss with our brilliant range of titles. And  remember we can order and supply ANY in-print book – it doesn’t necessarily have  to be an LGBT title – so put your orders through us either by e-mail or by calling  0207 278 7654 – thank-you
Poetry EventAlex Dimitrov reads from ‘Begging For It’Maureen Duffy reads from ‘Environmental Studies’ Thursday Nov 28th, 7pm – £2  Entry
Venue: Gay’s the Word bookshop,  66 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB – Russell Square  Tube As the nights begin to draw in Gay’s the Word bookshop warmly  invites you to an evening of poetry with two uniquely brilliant poets.
Over from New York and coming to London especially for this  reading, Alex Dimitrov will read from his ‘vital’ début collection, Begging for  It.
Maureen Duffy, who will soon be celebrating her 80th birthday,  will be reading from her latest ‘philosophical and powerful’ collection,  Environmental Studies. Event entry £2, on the door – complimentary refreshments. Begging for It – Alex  Dimitrov A coming-of-age debut collection exploring desire, longing, and  growing up gay in AmericaIn his début collection of poems, Begging for It, Alex Dimitrov  leads us through the streets, bridges, and bedrooms of New York City, sometimes  as far away as Buenos Aires and Iceland, and as close as our own darkest  corners. A Bulgarian immigrant, Dimitrov writes as both observer of and fervent  participant in this “American Youth,” as his speakers navigate both the physical  and emotional landscapes of desire, intimacy, and longing—whether for a friend,  a lover, or a self, “Saint or stranger, I still recklessly seek  you.” “…Dimitrov is that rarest of creatures, a true poet and a truly  contemporary poet. Thank god he’s here.” —Michael  Cunningham
Maureen Duffy – Environmental  Studies
Centred on environments – human, insect and animal – some  experienced personally, some observed, some imagined. Though strictly  contemporary in her concerns, she reaches back in her poetry to childhood, and  beyond that in her imagination to cultural figures of the past – John Donne,  Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, bringing them lucidly and vividly to  life.
There is a strong sense of compassion and fair play in her poems,  reflecting Duffy’s lifelong support for progressive social and political  movements, and a beautiful lyricism and technical skill derived from her love of  the classical world and Old and Mediaeval English. As so often in her work,  London past and present provides the backdrop to her real and imagined life  stories: of love and loss, forebears and friends, the humorous and sometimes  painful experiences of old age.
‘Maureen Duffy deserves serious acclaim as a poet, as much as an  original novelist.’ – Elaine Feinstein, The  Times
Event entry £2 – complimentary refreshments. Please RSVP  on Gay’s the Word’s Facebook Events Page (or just show  up!) Doors 7pm!

Future Readings:
Scottish  First Fiction Event: Bob  Cant and Kerry Hudson Thursday December 5th 7pm – Door Charge £2 Venue: Gay’s the Word bookshop,  66 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB – Russell Square  Tube

The  week following St. Andrew’s Day Gay’s the Word is delighted to be hosting this  Scottish first fiction event. The audience will be treated to readings from  Scottish LGBT historian Bob Cant – reading from his debut novel ‘Something  Chronic’ – and author Kerry Hudson, 2013 finalist for Scottish Book of the Year  for her impressively titled novel ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float  Before He Stole My  Ma’.

Many thanks

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