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Cambridge Talks. A Great Unrecorded History: Cambridge’s Queer Past

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Diarmuid Hester reveals how LGBTQ+ people have shaped the history of the Cambridge.

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Join us for the next in our series of 'Cambridge Talks'.

The writer E.M. Forster once referred to the history of homosexuality in his time as ‘a great unrecorded history’. This was especially true of Forster’s adopted home of Cambridge, whose vibrant queer past has often gone unrecorded.

Diarmuid Hester’s popular queer audio trail of the city aims to set the record straight (as it were). In this talk, he discusses his work on the audio trail, and reveals how LGBTQ+ people have shaped the history of the city and been shaped by it in turn.

Dr Diarmuid Hester is a radical cultural historian, and an authority on sexually dissident literature, art, film, and performance. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3, and last year was named a BBC New Generation Thinker. Diarmuid’s new book on sexuality, culture, and place will be published by Allen Lane/Penguin in 2023. He teaches at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and is a research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the Museum of Cambridge.  

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This talk will be held on Zoom. There is no need to download any software- you can access the talk via your usual internet browser from the comfort of your own home. Cup of tea/glass of mulled wine is optional!

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