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CRUISING COMMUNITY: Derek Jarman and Hampstead Heath

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Dartmouth Park Hill

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Dr Richard Maguire explores filmmaker Derek Jarman’s love of Hampstead Heath and the importance of the cruising grounds as social sites, beyond simply a place for sexual encounter, in an evening of short films, guest speakers and poetry performance.

When Jarman went up to the Heath, he and his fellow cruisers would often build and tend to bonfires, especially in the cold weather. Men who would never meet up with each other outside the Heath came to the fire for sex, but also for community. As gay communities become increasingly homonormative, this event suggests that the need for cruising is more vital than ever. A bonfire in the back garden at LUX will recreate this scene and poet Keith Jarrett will perform poems about cruising in the technological age.

Dr Richard Maguire teaches English and Gender Studies at Arcadia University's London Centre and American Fiction, and fin de siècle literature at King’s College. He received his Ph.D from King’s College London with his thesis ‘The Last of the Queer Romantics: Mourning and Melancholia in Gay Men’s Autobiography.’

Keith Jarrett is an award-winning performance poet from London. His third book of poetry Selah, came out this year and he recently contributed a monologue to the Queers series on BBC4, a response to the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. He is a regular performer at Polari.

Image: Derek Jarman, A Journey to Avebury, 1971.

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