In summer 2022, a group of young people attended Gays Gone By: A Queer Reading and DIY Summer School at the ICA. Organised around the question Gays Gone By was part-reading group, part-DIY art making. Participants met with queer activists and researchers, read pivotal queer writings from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and, led by facilitator Charlotte Flint, learned how to make their own photobooks. We discussed the changing nature of queer spaces in London, finding community on and off the interent, and what political solidarity could look like in the 2020s.
For this event, the participants of Gays Gone By reunite with Diarmuid Hester, author of Nothing Ever Just Disappears. Picking up on ideas from the summer school, the group will be chairing a discussion with Hester as a group, exploring the questions that motivated Nothing Ever Just Disappears, his writing process, and how he imagines the future of queer space on and off the internet.
Join the young people of Gays Gone By as they delve into Nothing Ever Just Disappears and the intrigues of queer history. The event is open to all and will include time for audience questions.
Thu, 19 Oct 2023
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