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Late Night Library Club - The Line of Beauty

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National Trust - Sutton House

2 Homerton High Street

Hackney

E9 6JQ

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LATE NIGHT LIBRARY CLUB PRESENTS…

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
7PM - 1.30AM

Welcome to your club, book lovers. From the team behind the respectfully raucous The Amy Grimehouse events, Late Night Library Club have their pens poised to inject a bit of ‘literati’ into the East London ‘glitterati’ club scene.

The fourth edition of Late Night Library Club celebrates The Line of Beauty.
Part of our Queer Stories in Britain series, to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality (The Sexual Offences Act).

*Special guest Alan Hollinghurst - in conversation with Jonathan Kemp*

Celebrate and explore the world of Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty, as Late Night Library Club goes back to the 1980s. Follow the path of the book’s central character, naïve London newcomer Nick Guest, as he navigates an unfamiliar world of cottages and cocaine, academia and AIDS, and rubs shoulders (and more) with rent boys and MPs.

The evening kicks off with an optional hour-long walking tour around and about the event venue Sutton House, a National Trust Tudor landmark, curated by Queer Tours of London and starting at 5.30pm. They will draw out Hackney’s queer stories amongst the house’s many cracks and noonies.

The main event follows at 7pm in the atmospheric Sutton House. Try your hand – we said hand – at Starkers Life Drawing, participate in a photoshoot with Damien Frost for Ogee, the magazine established by Nick and his friends, and enjoy poetry and performance from Richard Scott, Ted Rogers, Lord Hicks and a very special guest.

‘From the start I’ve tried to write about gay life from a gay perspective … unapologetically and naturally’. In conversation with author Jonathan Kemp, Alan Hollinghurst will discuss the writing and reception of The Line of Beauty, his memories of its 1980s setting, what it means and historically has meant to be ‘a gay writer’, and reveal some details of his latest book, The Sparsholt Affair. Gay’s the Word will be selling copies of The Sparsholt Affair and Alan will conduct a book signing earlier on in the evening.

One of the most memorable set-pieces of The Line of Beauty is the high-society soirée of the Fedden’s anniversary which Nick and his friends gatecrash. 1986 may be long gone, but tonight’s event will culminate in a re-staging the glitziest party of yesteryear. The fashions are Tory Glam, and there are some very high-powered guests in attendance…

Dressing up is strongly encouraged.

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Alan Hollinghurst is the author of six novels, including The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell and The Stranger’s Child. He has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. The book was adapted for television in 2006, starring Dan Stevens and Hayley Atwell. His new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, was published in September 2017.

Late Night Library Club have their pens poised to inject a bit of ‘literati’ into the East London ‘glitterati’ club scene. Paper-cutting their way onto your favourites list, Late Night Library Club is a literary-themed club night that puts the edge in education. This is not your usual moth-fuelled book club; with performances, interaction, drinking and dancing, Late Night Library Club promises not to check you’ve read the book.

With support from Arts Council England.

About Late Night Library Club
Late Night Library Club is a literary-themed East London club night that adds a touch of trash and a splash of camp to your usual booze-or-moth-fuelled monthly book club. With performances, interaction, drinking and dancing.

Age 18+
Tickets start at £16
+ Queer walking tour** combined ticket (starts around 5pm TBC, running time 60mins) *Limited spaces
Queer walking tour only £10

**We are excited to partner with Queer Tours of London creating bespoke walking tours which will enhance your LNLC experience!

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National Trust - Sutton House

2 Homerton High Street

Hackney

E9 6JQ

United Kingdom

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