I just realised that I didn’t blog about the London Literature Festival.
Paul and I went to a talk on the Hayward Gallery which is at the Southbank Centre (where the London Literature Festival took place). The talk was to commemmorate the 40th anniversary of the Hayward, a quite brutal building that has been quite unpopular at times in its history and has really only had the outside areas used how they were meant to be in the last ten years or so (according to the original architect). They had one of the original architects, the artist Antony Gormley, and a critic. They were all really interesting and gave interesting perspectives on the building. They currently have the great exhibition Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture.
Paul and I went to see Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie talk about their newish book Lost Girls. It is a three-volume graphic novel about the sexual awakenings of grown up Wendy (from Peter Pan), Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) and Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz). They describe it as pornography, but pornography that they would like to read. I’m really keen to read it – it sounds quite interesting. Unfortunately it’s Â£50 but it looks amazing. If I’d bought it on the night of the talk I could have got them both to sign it. But still, Â£50.
I also went to see a film (with my friends Helen and Jess) called For the Bible Tells Me So. It was a film definitely aimed at conservative Christians and featured lots of ‘good, Christian families’ who happened to have a child who is gay and it follows how they dealt with it (or didn’t in some cases) and it also looks at readings of the bible about homosexuality. The film features the gay Anglican Bishop from New Hampshire, Gene Robinson and after showing the film there was a question and answer session with him and Sir Ian McKellen.
We (Paul, Helen and myself) also went to a free spoken word/hip hop night at the Southbank Centre and I bought a couple of chapbooks of poetry too.