Derek Jarman: Protest

Peter Tatchell & Karim Rehmani White

Derek Jarman was a rebel, a maverick and radical artist whose unique and distinctive voice was honed protesting against the strictures of life in post-war Britain. He defined bohemian London life in the 1960s, exploded into queerpunk in the 70s and produced timeless, eloquent works of art in the age of AIDS. This book, co-published with Irish Museum of Modern Art , includes excerpts from Jarman’s own writings and newly commissioned texts from a wide range of contributors including John Maybury, Philip Hoare, Olivia Laing and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who will join editor Karim Rehmani White to discuss Jarman’s life and work with Gabriella Bennett of The Times.

Saturday 28th March

The Mitchell Library

8:00-9:00pm

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There Will be No Miracles Here

Casey Gerald

Growing up gay in an ordinary black neighbourhood in Dallas, his parents struggling with mental health problems and addiction, Casey Gerald finds himself on a remarkable path to a prestigious Ivy League college, to the inner sanctums of power on Wall Street and in Washington DC. But even as he attains everything the American Dream promised him, Casey comes to see that salvation stories like his own are part of the plan to keep others from rising. Intense and shot through with sly humour and quiet fury, There Will Be No Miracles Here is his extraordinary memoir.

Friday 27th March

Mitchell Library

6:00-7:00pm

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Finding Your Way Out of the Woods

Matthew McVarish and Luke Turner

After seeing actor Matthew McVarrish on television, a child who had recently been the victim of abuse contacted him to ask what had helped him recover. Answering that profoundly important question led to the creation of his book The Truth That No One Tells Teenagers. Luke Turner was living with depression, guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man and experiences of sexual abuse, but found refuge in the forest near his home, Out of the Woods is a highly original memoir about the potency of the trees, and of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life.

Thursday 26th March

Mitchell Library

6:00-7:00pm

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From Albert Square to Parliament Square

Michael Cashman 

Michael Cashman has lived many lives, all of them remarkable: as a beloved actor on stage and screen; as a campaigner for gay rights; as an MEP and as a life peer.

He found his most defining role as Colin in Eastenders, making television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. His autobiography

One of Them contains glorious nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain’s standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story.

Wednesday 25th March

Mitchell Library

6:30-7:30pm

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Imagine a Country

Val McDermid & Jo Sharp with Jackie Kay, Chris Brookmyre, Louise Welsh, and Phil Jupitus 

Join Val McDermid and Jo Sharp, with their special guests as they dream of a future country. Imagine a Country collects essays and artwork from all spectrums of Scottish life – from comedians to economists, writers to musicians, visual artists to academics, and asks them to share their hopes for a future Scotland. Each guest will present their dream for the future of Scotland – be it abandoning capitalism or reforming education, reforesting our land, revolutionising the care system or focusing on philosophy to bring rational level-headed discussion back to the forefront of politics, before discussing the collection as a panel.

Tuesday 24th March

Mitchell Library

6:30-8pm

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Roland Gulliver Introduces…

 

Stewart Ennis and Okechukwu Nzelu  

Roland Gulliver, Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors introduces a pair of strikingly original debut novels.

Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis is an exploration of family, friendship, faith, loneliness and grief, and the compromises that sometimes have to be made to remain part of our community.

In The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney Okechukwu Nzelu brings us a funny and heart-warming story set in Contemporary Manchester that covers the expanse of race, gender, class, family and redemption, with a fresh and distinctive new voice and a memorable cast of characters.

Saturday 21st March

Mitchell Library

1:15- 2:15pm

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Queer Intentions

Amelia Abraham

Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for what it means to be queer in 2019. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the reader on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride pa-rades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm. Thursday 19th March Mitchell Library 6:00-7:00pm

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Nelly Kelly – writer

Nelly is working with Queen Jesus Productions and Outspoken Arts on Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include;  Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

Contact: Nelly Kelly

David Wood – Theatre Director

David Wood will direct ‘Untitled 2009Untitled a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy.  Full Details announced 30 July 2019.

David is a director and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally hailing from Ayrshire, at the core of his practice is a desire to open access to the arts, regardless of economic or social background. David has worked alongside a number of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, including Bard in the Botanics, Capall Dorcha, Borderline and Visible Fictions. His work, though varied, often focuses on new writing, work for young audiences and queer theatre, topics particularly close to his heart.

David graduated with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (directing) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a recipient of the Dewar Arts Award and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recent director credits include: Perfectly Norman (Puppetry Scratch Night);  Play Me Out, A Word Please and Last Orders (Overlap Theatre Company) and A Beginner’s Guide to Populism  (NoLogoProductions).

Associate/Assistant director credits include: A Ladder to the Stars and The Hidden (Visible Fictions); Playthrough (Borderline); Channelling Jabez (Play, Pie and a Pint) and Taming of the Shrew? (Bard in the Botanics)

Contact David Wood david.wood4@outlook.com