Contemporary Orlando, with Andrea Lawlor, Paul Kindersley and Octavia Bright

Tuesday 21st May 18:30 at London - Gower Street

We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Lawlor, the US-based author of razor-sharp debut Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl for a discussion of their novel and the inspiration they took from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography.

Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl offers a speculative history of early 90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. It is a riotous bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.

Chaired by Literary Friction co-host Octavia Bright, Andrea will be in conversation with artist and filmmaker Paul Kindersley, whose work was featured in Charleston’s opening exhibition Orlando at the Present Time in 2018, which explored the same themes of gender, sexuality and identity that will be discussed this evening, along with an appraisal  of the prescience and legacy of Woolf’s pioneering 1928 novel.

Tickets are £10/8 (students/Waterstones cardholders) and include a glass of wine or soft drink


London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Tuesday 21st May 18:30
£8 (students / Waterstones cardholders)

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