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LGBT+ History Month Lecture: Is the gay novel dead? by Paul Burston

Paul Burston, Journalist and Author

Date/Time: Thursday 11 February 2021, 5.30pm

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Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, with introduction from Dr Gareth Longstaff

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst declared that ‘the gay novel has had its day’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The political context may have changed, but the need to tell our stories is as strong as ever. Paul Burston is the author of six novels and curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre.

Paul Burston's book, The Closer I Get, is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's: 


Paul Burston is the author of six novels and editor of two short story collections. The Black Path (2016) was his first crime novel and a Number 1 bestseller at WH Smith and his debut novel Shameless (2001) was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award.

Paul is curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre and founder of The Polari First Book Prize for debut writers and The Polari Prize for established writers. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and other publications. He has also written and presented documentaries for Channel 4 and often contributes to TV and radio.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.