17 – 26 May


Andrea Lawlor & Jordy Rosenberg

Friday, 24 May
Smock Alley Theatre

‘For queer artists of a certain age we just assumed that to write was to experiment,’ Andrea Lawlor, a gender queer novelist and lecturer, told The New York Times. Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl offers a speculative history of early 1990s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. Shapeshifting Paul can transform his body at will - setting in train a series of riotous adventures that take him on a journey through a world gutted by loss and pulsing with music. A transgender novelist who teaches 18th century literature, gender and sexuality studies, Jordy Rosenberg’s first novel Confessions of the Fox - selfdescribed as a ‘faux 18th-century thriller’ - reimagines the remarkable legend of the 18th century English thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard as that of a transgender man.

Andrea Lawlor and Jordy Rosenberg have been best friends for 25 years. Join them for a fascinating event about writing, and how novels can bend genre as well as gender.