Wednesday 7 July | 18:00-19:15 | Online

London's independent bookshops have long been some of the capital's most progressive spaces for activism and community organising: from the founding of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the back of Gay's the Word bookshop, Marchmont Street, to Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, which started taking calls in the basement of Housmans on Caledonian Road. Join us for an evening of stories from the past fifty years of queer and radical bookselling, from oldtimers to newcomers, with speakers including Naoise Murphy and Will Hecker from the oral history project 5 Cally Road: 60 years of books and activism, and Peter Willis of BOOKS PECKHAM (formerly Dead Trees and Dye). More details will be released nearer the time.

Naoise Murphy is a volunteer on the 5 Cally Road oral history project. She's a queer activist based on London, and is writing a PhD in Gender Studies. Her research is about queerness in the work of mid-twentieth-century Irish writers, excavating a counter-archive of post-independence Ireland by listening for queer ghosts and other hauntings. 

Will Hecker is a documentary filmmaker and podcast creator with a particular interest in queer heritage. He is the producer of Queer Recollections, a podcast exploring contemporary queer British history, and a volunteer for 5 Cally Road: 60 years of books and activism, an oral history project documenting and creatively exploring the radical legacies of Housmans Bookshop. His latest film, Imagen Latente (The Latent Image), follows a group of women in Barcelona, all survivors of domestic violence, who use photography as a means of community building, reclamation, and self-expression.


Image: Gemma Curtis, @wildwaterartstore