As Jimmy Somerville sang many years ago, there’s more to love than boy meets girl. Which is one of the reasons I chose to edit a short story collection called ‘Boys and Girls’. The book contains stories of young lesbian and gay love, and what better time to celebrate love in all its many varieties than on Valentine’s Day?
For Valentine’s @ Late I’ll be joined by several contributors to the book, including Stonewall Award-winning author Stella Duffy
Former Write Queer London winner Keith Jarrett
Performance poet Sophia Blackwell
And writer Joe Storey-Scott
There’ll be tales of teenage crushes, unrequited love and secret longings across crowded bars and classrooms. And hopefully there’ll be a few laughs too. Love is a funny old business, and if you can’t look back and laugh at your younger love-struck self, then you probably need to lighten up a bit.
Come to the Museum of London for our spectacular annual Valentine late. Alongside open galleries and a Valentine themed bar, try out some seductive Latin dance moves as Stardustball lead starters classes in the Cha Cha Cha and Rumba. Make vintage Valentine cards at a paper-cutting workshop; enjoy short storyreadings in the Pleasure Gardens by London’s most up-and-coming gay authors; join curators at an object-handling table to find out about risqué ‘x-rated’ objects from the Museum’s storerooms; and sample some sensational aphrodisiac love philters by London’s most creative catering duo Bompas & Parr, recently featured on Heston Blumenthal’s Feast.
Minimum age: 18
Fee £6 (concs £4.5): advanced booking required. Buy tickets here
In partnership with Polari
Dates and times
Monday, 14 February, 18.30 – 22.00