Gay’s the Word Bookshop Author Events

mr loverman

‘Mr Loverman’ and ‘Fairytales For Lost Children’

– Bernardine Evaristo &  Diriye Osman reading.

Thursday Oct 10th, 7pm – £2 Entry

Venue: Gay’s the Word bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB – Russell Square Tube

Duet Author Book Reading: Bernardine Evaristo reads from ‘Mr Loverman’ and Diriye Osman reads from ‘Fairytales For Lost Children’ Event Entry £2 – complimentary refreshments – please RSVP on Facebook, or just show up! Bernardine Evaristo – Mr Loverman

“Mr Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!” – Dawn French

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?

Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain’s older Caribbean community which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

‘This riproaring, full-bodied riff on sex, secrecy and family is Bernardine Evaristo’s seventh book. If you don’t yet know her work, you should – she says things about modern Britain that no one else does’ – Guardian

Diriye Osman reads from ‘Fairytales For Lost Children’

FAIRYTALES FOR LOST CHILDREN is narrated by people constantly on the verge of self-revelation. These characters – young, gay and lesbian Somalis – must navigate the complexities of family, identity and the immigrant experience as they tumble towards freedom. Set in Kenya, Somalia and South London, these stories are imbued with pathos, passion and linguistic playfulness, marking the arrival of a singular new voice in contemporary fiction. Diriye Osman is a Somali-born, British short story writer and visual artist.

‘The characters in these fairy tales are displaced in multiple, complicated ways. But Osman’s storytelling creates a shelter for them; a warm place which is both real and imaginary, in which they find political, sexual, and ultimately psychic liberation.’

Event entry £2 – complimentary refreshments. Please RSVP on Gay’s the Word’s Facebook Events Page  (or just show up!) Doors 7pm!



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