Gay’s The Word Book Event: Stella Duffy & Catherine Hall

Stella Duffy Gays the Word

Hello, and we hope all is well! Just to mention quickly that the film Pride hits the cinemas on September 12th. We’ve been lucky enough to get to a preview screening and we utterly loved it. The film features a re-creation of Gay’s the Word bookshop as a principle location and we couldn’t be more proud to be a small part of this incredible story.

The premise of Pride:

This film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists [LGSM] to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.


And in other news the Lesbian Discussion Group, which meets at the shop every Wednesday from 8pm-9pm, have a dedicated new website for topic listings:


Book Event:

Book Event: Stella Duffy & Catherine Hall

Thursday September 11th – doors 7pm

at Gay’s The Word – 66 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB London

Join us at Gay’s the Word bookshop for this duet author book event for two brilliant authors: Stella Duffy and Catherine Hall.

Event entry £3, payable on the door. Complimentary refreshments provided.

Please RSVP on Facebook or just show up – we expect this to be a popular event.

Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined: The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy (published September 5th) 

This collection of short stories brings together, for the first time, a selection of Stella Duffy’s award-winning writing, as well as some of the numerous stories that have been broadcast on radio and appeared in anthologies over the past 20 years. Many of these books are out of print and the radio broadcasts are unavailable; this collection therefore not only highlights the range and variety of her writing, but also breathes new life into some of her best stories.

“Duffy’s stories move us, they eat away at us with their humorous and honeyed sharpness, and they stay with us.” —Thresholds

“Stella Duffy is a writer who never lets you down.” —ALI SMITH

The Repercussions, the new novel from Catherine Hall

When war photographer Jo returns from her latest assignment in Afghanistan and moves into the Brighton flat she’s just inherited, she hopes to restore equilibrium to her chaotic life. But images and events of her recent past and the reading of her great-grandmother Elizabeth’s diary haunt her night and day, forcing Jo to come to terms with demons she thought she could leave behind.

Written as a long confession to Jo’s ex-girlfriend Susie, alternating with Elizabeth’s account of nursing Indian soldiers at the Brighton Pavilion in 1915, The Repercussions – Catherine Hall’s most ambitious novel to date – is a sweeping narrative dealing with the psychological and emotional reality of war, as well as race, guilt, love and loss.

“Her writing has a terse and fierce precision that tightens into tragic fury.” – The Independent

“A brilliant author.” – Simon Savidge, The Guardian

About the Authors:

Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels including her latest, The Purple Shroud. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both long-listed for the Orange Prize. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora). She wrote and presented the BBC4 documentary How to Write a Mills and Boon and has reviewed for The Review Show (BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. In addition to her writing work she is a theatre director and performer.

Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District and worked in documentary-film production and international peacebuilding before becoming a freelance writer and editor for charities specializing in human rights and development. She is the author of two previous novels: the critically and commercially successful Days of Grace and The Proof of Love, which won the prestigious Green Carnation Prize.

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