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Anthologies
Lost Places an LGBT Anthology

Works by a variety of GAW members

Lost Places

Edited by Jeffrey Doorn

Published: 2023

The places we remember as significant in our lives helped shape who we are and how we relate to the world.

This anthology of nineteen prose, and poetry pieces by fourteen authors, recollects such places now lost, either though physical alteration, changed character, redevelopment or demolition.

Some may remain but are no longer gay or gay-friendly, others replaced by online platforms. It is important to recall and record these markers of our history and heritage. They form part of our legacy to younger and future generations.

ISBN 978-1-90-4585-94-7

Paperback, 132 pages, £7.99

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We want to tell you how …
We want to tell you how

Edited by Stephanie Dickinson and Pat Dungey.

Published: 2018

An anthology of poetry and prose celebrating women’s loves, lives and landmarks.

Fourteen women have contributed to this anthology. We share our experiences of love and life, and the landmarks that mark our progress through our lives in our own very varied styles, using poetry and prose.

“We want to tell you how contains deeply heartfelt, pain-fully honest, and beautifully written pieces of writing. For those who have ever lived with hope or regret, you will find your own story amongst these pages.”
Clare Summerskill

ISBN: 978-1-904585-89-3

Paperback, 144 pages, £7.99

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A Boxful of Ideas
A Boxful of Ideas

Edited by John Dixon & Jeffrey Doorn.

Published: 2016

A Boxful of Ideas is an ambitious anthology from Gay Authors Workshop. A varied line-up of short stories, poems, essays, extracts from novels and a new take on current and abiding topics.

A Boxful of Ideas is an ambitious anthology from Gay Authors Workshop. A varied line-up of short stories, poems, essays, extracts from novels and a new take on current and abiding topics. Authors featured in this anthology include:

  • Jeremy Kingston, former theatre critic of The Times.
  • Greg Woods, Emeritus Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
  • Chris Beckett, prize-winning poet and author of Ethiopia Boy.
  • Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum
  • V.G. Lee, comedian, novelist, winner of the Ultimate Planet Award for established writers.
  • Donald West, psychiatrist, author of one of the first British books on homosexuality.

Seventy-five works by thirty authors – a full box indeed!

ISBN: 978 1 904585 862

Paperback £8.99

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Coming Clean
Coming Clean

Edited by John Dixon and Jeffrey Doorn

Published: 2014

Coming Clean is a poetry anthology from Gay Authors Workshop, and the most ambitious so far. Celebrating their 35th (Coral) anniversary, there is no theme, though the title, Coming Clean, could apply in one way or another, owning up or writing honestly to most of the poems included.

The 90 poems by fourteen poets recall childhood innocence, adolescent yearning, sexual encounters, troubled relationships, demons, dominance, deprivation, ageing, loss, doubt, and faith.

Haikus, prose poems, song lyrics, Spencerian Stanza, performance pieces, the variety of forms is as diverse as the themes and subjects. Abstract or concrete, the verses conceal and reveal, whether hidden objects or identity lost in time. Serious, amusing, light, dense, naughty or downright raunchy. There’s something for everyone.

It includes a short selection of poems by the late Ivor Treby, an early gay literary activist and member of GAW.

“An accessible and engaging anthology containing an impressive variety of poems, both in form and content. The standard was impressively high and I discovered some absolute gems”
V G Lee, author of several novels and volumes of short stories, including Diary of a Provincial Lesbian and Always You, Edina.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 69 5

Paperback, 128 pages, £5.99

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Eros at Large
Eros at Large

Edited by Michael Harth

Published: 2013

How are our lives affected by our erotic impulses? Which impulses and to what extent? Does the particular strain of eroticism that obsesses us at the moment put other people off? And do the varieties of eroticism others enjoy make us curious to join in or more likely to turn tail? 

Here are twenty-seven stories by seventeen authors, each with a different take on the theme.

“The adventure with the window-cleaner had not in any way sated her appetite”
The Juju

“He was so good at what he did that if I weren’t really completely straight I could have been hooked.”
A Handful of Keys

“Is you goin’ to let me go, girl?” she’s smiling.”
Life’s Like That

“Now it was once again the fourth weekend of the month, when his rule was to say yes to any offers that might be made to him.”
Leaving It to Chance

“You have curves like a Jaguar. You’re in peak condition. Run in and at maximum performance. What more could you want?”
Foucault’s Nightmare

“The only feature by which I might have been able to recognise him was not on display”
The Bat

“The two drinkers on the bar stools ordered more pints and started a whispered discussion about the couple.”
Judgment Day

“Once he’d got the keys of the car he would load up everything he’d accrued and disappear”
Into the Woods

“To him the generally held notion that there should be some sort of commitment to the person with whom one had sex was a kind of mass delusion”
Getting Laid

“I emphasised at the time that I was a complete novice”
Fantasies

“You are not rough enough for me. And I was told you were picked up fresh from the streets!”
I Go Private

“He was neatly dressed in trousers and a jacket, which normally acts as a warning signal to me”
Cruising

“It was time to help George discover what he really wanted.
The Under-gardener

“His clients had been known to come to blows when arguing whose turn it was for whom”
Expansion

“Twenty years ago or so, when I was really pushed for cash, I went on the game.”
A Question of Taste

ISBN: 978 1 904585 46 6

Paperback, 272 pages, £8.99

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Best of Gazebo
Best of Gazebo

Edited by Michael Harth.

Published: 2012

This selection of 28 titles by eighteen different authors covers a variety of forms: short stories, excerpts from novels, work in progress, some non-fiction and the odd poem.

The majority have a decidedly gay or lesbian outlook, with a variety of settings, genres and time-scales, but the emphasis throughout is on entertainment.

“You know, those pills, the ones they’ve just invented that turn gay people straight.”
Whose Pills

“How do you come to know he’s gay?’ I wanted to know, worried for my son’s moral welfare, even though certain signs have made me feel it’s something of a lost cause.”
Next Door

“I had every intention of jumping. Why else would I have been all the way up there?”
Heads You Win

“Did you hear that?” Elaine whispered. “Did you hear what that Oscar Wilde said?”
A Queens’ Night Out

“The zombie obeyed her slowly, frowning slightly in a puzzled way but moving with surprising grace. My God, and after all I paid for him, Miss Silver exclaimed.”
Caveat Emptor

“I’ve never actually faked an orgasm, but I’ll admit to overacting on occasions.”
Bad Sex

“You were an officer, I bet?”
‘Yes, but I was friendly with the crew.”
The Mad Hatters

“No,” said Alistair, “the pleasure gardens tempted me. Blond, twenty-two, torn jeans. Need I go on?”
On Hold

“So on his next visit, when his attention was distracted by fleshly matters, Madame H kindly arranged to have him slipped a Mickey Finn.”
Penance

“One of the men had dressed as Santa and all had gone well as he circled the room until he reached our ladies who, as if they had taken him for a stripper, urged him to get them off.”
Drop-In and Come Out

ISBN: 978 1 904585 473

Paperback, 208 pages, £7.99

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People Your Mother Warned You About
People Your Mother Warned You About

Collectively edited

Published: 2011

Who did your mother warn you about? Friends who are not all they seem. Suspicious neighbours, or that black sheep relative? Dirty old men, or young men on the scrounge? Falling in with criminals and drunkards, or coming to the same bad end as your sister? Foreign tourists, or the clan in the next valley? Or just People Like That?

All these and more are present in this collection of stories by lesbian and gay writers. There are people who listened to their mothers, and some who should have done. There are tales of life today, and little pieces of our history. Will you dare to show it to your mother?

G Abel-Watters is also the editor of Queer Haunts.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 12 1

Paperback, £7.99

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Oysters and Pearls
Oysters and Pearls

Edited by Jeffrey Doorn and Adrian Risdon

Published: 2010

I hunted the pearl of great price
That I’d read about in a story

In this anthology, published to mark Gay Authors Workshop 30th (pearl) anniversary, 14 poets prise open the oyster of life in search of riches: love, sex, food, days at the beach, journeys through nature, cities and time.

“The world’s your oyster,”
Said Grannie in her pince-nez
Her twin-set and pearls.

These 30 poems peer into the lives of isolation and communion, explore relationships open and closed, tenuous or tenacious.

Like a mollusc I was clinging to my rock,
Feeling safe, enclosed within my brittle shell

You may find some verses luminescent, others opaque, some highly polished, others gritty. All are linked by the thread of imagination. Open us up. You might discover treasure. In any event, where else can you find oysters and pearls at this price?

ISBN: 978 1 904585 13 8

80 pages, £3.99

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Queer Haunts
Queer Haunts

Collectively edited

Published: 2003/2013

There were only a few dozen words on the page, and he soon came to the end of them. He didn’t want to turn the page, but he could feel himself being urged to do so. The struggle was sufficient to wake him; he was sweating, and still had a lingering sensation of dread.

Scary, friendly, vengeful, sexy many types of ghosts appear in this diverse volume of stories. There is a spirit far from home and one who doesn’t want to leave home; there are ghosts who do favours or expect favours from humans, ghosts who tell their own story, and a spirit who wears a green lace negligee.

In Queer Haunts you will find something for every mood, from chilling to charming, moving to amusing. Some of these tales link back to ancient legends and times gone by, others are firmly in the modern world where ghosts can jet in and carry a mobile phone.

The stories in this collection have all been written by gay and lesbian authors, and all speak in some way of gay experience. It reflects their diversity in its diverse collection, and the diversity of the readers to whom it will appeal. In fact, everyone who loves a good story or a good ghost. So wedge those rattling windows and creaking doors, curl up by the fire and enjoy.

“As is the case with all anthologies, the stories are of variable quality; the most effective being those that sensibly utilise the form by restricting locale and number of characters to a minimum. Jeffrey Doorn’s In the Catacombs and Journey Round the Circle Line, for instance.”
Peter Burton, Gay Times, December 2003

ISBN: 978 1 904585 58 9

Paperback, 198 pages, £7.99

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Short Stories

Collections by a single writer

Selected Stories of Mike Harth
Selected Stories

By Michael Harth & edited by John Dixon and Jeffrey Doorn

Published: 2019

This volume presents nineteen stories elected to illustrate the wide range of Michael Harth’s work.

“These bawdy tales stretch the form, teasing the reader with wishful fantasy, playful naughtiness and unlikely turns.”
Les Brookes, author of Gay Male Fiction Since Stonewall

“Able to sketch a plot or a situation deftly and to drop in some vivid dabs of colour”
Adam Mars-Jones, novelist, and critic.

“His stories dance and glitter and sometimes sting. Be warned, this is no place for prudes. Be further warned, this is no place for the po-faced.”
Peter Scott-Presland, Author of Amiable Warriors (the story of CHE).

“Tales of the erotic unexpected, a potent mixture of fantasy and the fantastical, magic and the surreal, wish fulfilment, and humour in unlikely places.”
Jeffrey Weeks, historian, and author of Coming Out.

ISBN 978 1 904585 909

Paperback , 268 pages, £7.95

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Kissyface and Others
Kissyface and Others

By Elsa Wallace

Published: 2015

“We don’t mention the beech wood”, says Herman, but much else is mentioned in these three sets of stories about developments in gay lives. In Kissyface, Hein encompassed by sexuality asserts he is non-sexual, and Liesl reports to her school that she has two fathers and two mothers.

In On the Copperbelt Clare is drawn to nuns and Roland is obsessed with a dead German; if it had stopped at that, how happy his mother would have been.

In Music at the Buchanans, Janey loses a job through intimacy with an employer’s wife but finds a better, and the usually wordless Mr Marrant vows that his next kiss will be “Not like a savage or, worse, a Frenchman, but, slowly and gently, I will speak to him in my kissing.”

ISBN: 978-1-904585-73-2

Paperback, 203 pages, £6.99

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Ghosts and Gargoyles
Ghosts and Gargoyles

By Elsa Wallace

Published: 2013

Who would have heard any cries from the attic window at the back? No-one had heard them since but Fiona, trembling in her bed, those dreadful hoarse pleadings and sobbing, hysterical sometimes.

It was like a man but also like a child, the noise rose and fell, on and on, sometimes muffled, sometimes sharp, sometimes howling and growling in a sort of madness. Once a sickening laugh came down those stairs. Once or twice she was sure it had called her name, and then “Mummy, mummy” it had said quite clearly.

She was terrified of it. What could it be? She ought to be sorry for it but it sounded so bizarre and she couldn’t imagine the being behind it. Was it a man or was it a child or something of both?’

Ghosts and Gargoyles is the second collection by Elsa Wallace, the author of A Short History of Lord Hyaena, Merle and The Monkey Mirror.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 43 5

Paperback, 144 pages, £6.99

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The Carrier Bag
The Carrier Bag

By John Dixon

Published: 2013

Nine stories, varied topics, forms and lengths.

The Carrier Bag is a Bridport prize-winning story, of which Margaret Drabble said “A tale for our time, which satirically contrasts a wine bar squash playing set with a representative member of the underclass. A fine use of dialogue here, from a writer who has his ear to the ground.”

In Across the Corridor - and Down a Bit a knowing holiday diarist unfailingly gets it wrong. Little Gems is a mother’s monologue on her three daughters. The Untoward Invention is a political satire telling how an invention of potential use in waste disposal is seconded by the War Ministry.

In Coping a parent reacts to a marriage guidance counsellor’s trite recommendations. The Heights concerns a Christmas postman who is given a round no one else wants. Well our feeble frame tells of the Damascus Road incidents of a middle-aged woman on holiday in Jordan.

Consequences asks if apparent results are so easily traceable to assumed causes and is the erratic diary confessions of an employee losing control.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 40 4

Paperback, 200 pages, £6.99

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The Monkey Mirror
The Monkey Mirror

By Elsa Wallace

Published: 2011

“Don’t look in the mirror at the Hesselmans”, said my aunt Sybil. “It’s an unlucky mirror. It’s the one the monkey looked in.”

Fourteen stories dealing with areas where human and animal lives meet, for good or ill, some set in Africa, some in UK.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 169

Paperback, 144 pages, £6.99

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A Little Chat and Other Stories
A Little Chat and Other Stories

By Michael Harth

Published: 2003

“You can’t blame Colin for that, mother”, Melvin interrupted. “I’m at my physical peak just now; surely you wouldn’t want me to waste it?”

His mother pointed out with dignity “There is such a thing as self-control.”

“But what would I be controlling it for?” Melvin asked.

“There are good things in A Little Chat which tend to feature men who are not particularly attractive, not especially active, but are overly obsessed with rough trade and cottaging. Most have a ‘road to Damascus’ experience when, for the first time, sex is really thrilling.”
Peter Burton, Gay Times, December 2003

ISBN: 978 1 904585 02 2

Paperback, 166 pages, £6.99

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The Physent and Other Stories
The Physent and other stories

By Michael Harth

Published: 2003

There was somehow an atmosphere about it, almost as if it was waiting for something to happen, and as Gary stepped into the hollow he could feel the air crackle. 

He knew he was dicing with danger, but something over and above any fears drew him on till he was standing in the centre.

A collection of frightening, humorous and challenging fantasies, featuring weretigers, vampires and other creatures that live in the shadows of our present day.

“There are good things in The Physent. The ‘spook’ stories are imaginative, and stray into territory familiar from the tales of M R James and H P Lovecraft, but generally also possess a sexual frisson.”
Peter Burton, Gay Times, December 2003

ISBN: 978 1 904585 03 9

Paperback, 146 pages, £6.99

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First and Fiftieth
First and Fiftieth

By Martin Foreman

Published: 2002

Sometimes you sit, watch the trains, the sunset, the rain.
Sometimes you talk. Tell your story if you’ve a mind to.
Trouble is, memory changes things.
Things you want to forget.
Things you want to remember that never happened.
Happens to everybody. Gets so, nobody’s story’s true.
Not yours, not mine. But it’s all we got.

Martin Foreman‘s latest collection of short stories comprises first person narratives spanning the globe from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, Africa to Nepal, London to Siberia. 

Men and women from teenagers to grandparents each speak in a distinctive voice and with intense emotion as love and sex, violence and humour, anger and pathos meet in this kaleidoscope of human comedy and tragedy.

“The youthful yet already impressive Paradise Press publication goes from strength to strength with his collection of first persona narratives, each containing a strong, distinctive and powerful voice, leading the collection as a whole to never be anything less than diverting.”
Gay Times

“Engaging, told with style”
Gay Scotland

“Mr Foreman’s style has evidently had a lot of attention lavished on it, not to mention careful study of the human race in its multiplicity of forms”
Tregolwyn Book Reviews

See Martin Foreman for more information.

ISBN: 978 0 9525964 7 9

Paperback, 152 pages, £6.99

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Cocksuckery
Cocksuckery

By Ian Stewart

Published: 2002

Ajax is back home on the dawn-flooded doorstep. Glare rising sun and crisp golden glow radiating the frightening, unpredictable barrage of whooshing lorries and traffic. 

All of a sudden, it’s that man dimly-remembered out of some forgotten morning’s swirl of the ordinary, a bearded face seen but once on an early bus.

Ajax blunts a noble tradition, stoner Jeff spots flaws in the mad professor’s scheme, Sharon lives her Art and a sickly lad wanks himself to immunity in these cinematic, themed stories, deftly reckoned by a fellow who’s well been around.

“Ian Stewart‘s Cocksuckery is far more thoughtful than its title might suggest. His writing is unusual with surreal twists and an introversion that is both intimate and seductive.”
Gay Times

ISBN: 978 0 9525964 4 8
e-book only, £2.99

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The Picnic and Other Stories
The Picnic and Other Stories

By Michael Harth

Published: 2002

“Well, at least let me have Marcus again” pleaded Simeon.

“You know perfectly well it’s your turn to see Donald this week. I’m sure I don’t know why everyone keeps asking for Marcus.”

“It’s his attributes, that’s what it is. When you get to my age, it becomes important.”

Male au-pairs, sex services for OAPs, abduction by aliens, a sex contest between two schoolboys, and a picnic that goes wrong, are among the themes in this light-hearted, picaresque collection of stories.

ISBN: 978 0 9525964 3 1

Paperback, 148 pages, £6.99

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A Sense of Loss and Other Stories
A Sense of Loss and Other Stories

By Martin Foreman

Published: 1994

I lay in bed, alternately pushing the covers away and pulling them over me, sure he was in the room sitting in the armchair by the door as he sat every day on the beach. .

I saw his hat, a homburg as neatly creased as his jacket and trousers, his moustache, thick, black and grey, stretching over his lips and onto his cheeks like my father’s, and, half-shaded, his eyes, dark, clear, strong, lying below brows that curled into a frown.

It was not so much his face I saw as the face of all men, the face of my father when I had done something wrong.

This collection of fifteen short stories displays a counterpoint of different voices, each with a ring of authenticity. Some reflect the shifting kaleidoscope of gay reality in 1990s Britain: the sexual compulsion of Room With No View, the high-energy rhythm of Discotheque, or the cynical manipulation of Simon’s Dinner Party.

Others take us to wider horizons. To Brazil and off into landscapes of allegory and myth. Finally, in the masterful title story, we hear the voice of Thomas Mann’s silent Tadzio as he relates his encounter in Venice with the writer Aschenbach.

“Accomplished, literate, dignified, deeply felt.”
Times Literary Supplement, London

“As delicate and haunting a piece of prose as I’ve read all year”
Him (now Gay Times)

“Martin Foreman has an uncomfortable, probably accurate view of the human condition. An excellent book.”
IQ

ISBN: 978 0 85449 185 8

Paperback, 186 pages, £6.99

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Poetry

Poems by a single writer

Michael Harth Selected Lyrics
Mike Harth Lyrics

By Michael Harth & edited by John Dixon and Jeffrey Doorn

Published: 2021

Michael Harth (1926-2016) was a prolific writer in several genres, songs, revues, a full-length novel, an appreciation of pianist/composer Billy Mayerl, even a science fiction musical as well as three volumes of short stories.

His lyrics are clever, quirky, often satirical. This book presents 36 of his previously unpublished song lyrics. A companion collection of short stories was published in 2019.

ISBN 978-1-904585-91-6

Paperback, 84 pages £6.95

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Risking It
Risking It

By Jeremy Kingston

Published: 2016

Risking It is Jeremy Kingston’s third poetry collection. Using a variety of verse forms, rhymed and unrhymed, they express feelings to do with erotic encounters at home and abroad before moving into darker areas of betrayal, revenge and the power and dangers of myth.

The tone now ranges between sorrow, mirth and resignation, at times managing to combine all three while also exploring the delights of metaphor, in language and among orchids.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 87-9

Paperback, 64 pages, £6.75

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Poems 2007–2012
Poems 2007–2012

By Ivor Treby & edited by John Dixon

Published: 2007-2012 & 2014

Ivor Treby was an early gay literary activist who first published his poems in the late 1970s and early 1980s in small gay magazines in the UK, USA, and Australia, where he also gave readings at gay venues.

He wrote four volumes of poetry but gave up to concentrate on research into Michael Field, the pseudonym of the lesbian poets, Edith Cooper and Katherine Bradley. Ivor resumed writing in 2007 and at his death in 2012 left 68 poems, published here for the first time, with an introduction by John Dixon.

“Ivor Treby was a pioneering gay activist and an early advocate of the importance of gay literature, that is to say, fiction and poetry written by openly gay writers for a gay audience. This was one of the ways in which we created a sense both of a community and of a culture. His was a distinctive voice, and we feel its loss.”
Peter Scott-Presland, author of Amiable Warriors: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and Its Times

ISBN: 978 1 904585 70 1

Paperback, 192 pages, £7.99

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Seeking, Finding, Losing
Seeking, Finding, Losing

By John Dixon

Published: 2011

A sequence of short poems by John Dixon, charting a brief affair outside casual to a comeback-overnight, a return visit to live-in, more detailed exploration, uncertainty, rejection of proffered verse, uncertainly confirmed and back to casual.

Fifteen other poems on a wide range of topics complete the collection.

ISBN: 978 1 904585 18 3

Paperback, 65 pages, £3.99

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Perhaps A Whale Singing
Behind Mask

By Jeremy Kingston

Published: 2001

This is Jeremy Kingston’s fourth collection of poems, and the second published by Paradise Press. 

Using a wide range of verse forms, rhymed and unrhymed, the 37 poems express feelings about erotic encounters at home and abroad before moving into darker areas of betrayal, revenge and the power and dangers of myth.

Topics cover childhood and family memories and relationships straight and gay. Jeremy reads new interpretations into photos, paintings, and myth.

He deals with politics, war, and religion, always quizzically and often using some little-known fact or unusual angle to make a telling and thought-provoking point.

A theatre critic on The Times for more than 20 years, two of his plays were performed in the West End. He has written two novels and two children’s book. 

His poems appeared in the Paradise Press anthologies, Coming Clean and A Boxful of Ideas and his previous volume, Risking It, was also published by Paradise Press.

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