These relaxed Sunday writing sessions in the Distillery are a chance to write, reflect & chat in our comfortable workshop space.
Experienced writer and workshop leader Pat Edwards will be hosting this monthly session designed for new writers, although all welcome.
More details on our website https://www.poetrypharmacy.co.uk/the-distillery/
No need to book
Presentation 1 – ABOUT THE EVENT
Jonathan Cutbill’s life, ‘Gays the Word’, an impressive LGBT+ library goes to London
This first of two Memorial Presentations: Andrew Lumsden, a long-term friend (and , Gay Liberation Front activist), Justin Bengry, a leading cultural historian of sexualities and Maria Castrillo, Head of Special Collections at the University of London, which will be housing Jonathan’s library.
Shrewsbury resident, Jonathan Cutbill, who died in 2019 was a co-founder of Gay’s the Word bookshop, London, who created an extensive LGBTQ+ library in his home.
Presentation 2 – ABOUT THE EVENT
Saving ‘Gay’s The Word’
The second Memorial Presentation: Graham McKerrow, activist and journalist who launched ‘Capital Gay’
In April 1984, Customs officers raided Gay’s The Word and the homes of its staff and directors including Jonathan Cutbill’s and seized thousands of books, many by respected authors claiming they were indecent.
They wanted to stop the importation of all LGBT fiction and non-fiction and brought 100 charges of conspiracy to import indecent material; a major Old Bailey trial was set.
Defend Gay’s The Word campaign fought back. In 1986, shortly before the trial was due to start, Customs dropped all the charges and returned all the books. This is the story of a triumph.
TALES FROM THE WILDERNESS TOUR 2020
Thrilling tales from a modern day journeyman. From crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben will take the audience on an inspiring adventure.
Join Ben in this uplifting and exciting show, when he’ll be sharing his stories of the wilderness.
Ben has climbed Everest, been swimming with crocodiles, saved elephants, dodged pirates, been marooned for a year on an uninhabited island, walked to the South Pole, crossed the Empty Quarter with camels, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, tracked the migration of the wilderbeest, swum from Alcatraz, had a flesh eating disease and messed around with ferrets!
The much-loved TV adventurer will recount, with warmth and honesty, his thrilling tales. If you like Ben’s TV shows then you’ll love this personal and intimate evening of stories from around the world.
The UN Patron of the Wilderness, Ben Fogle has travelled the world, has published 10 bestselling books & his TV shows are a global hit watched by millions around the world.
‘ADVENTURER IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN’
‘FUNNY, ENTERTAINING & REALLY RATHER INSPIRING TOO’
‘A WHOLESOME, ETHICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL ADVENTURER’