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An Evening of Revolutionary Acts with Jason Okundaye, Oisín McKenna and Joelle Taylor

Jason Okundaye
£12. Join us for a special celebration of queer love and voices and the publication of Jason Okundaye’s landmark social history Revolutionary Acts: Love & Brotherhood in Black Gay Britain.

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The Bindery, London
7:00 pm
About the Event
Join us for a special celebration of queer love with an evening of readings, music, film and drinks.

The event will begin with readings by Oisín McKennna from his debut novel Evenings and Weekends and poet Joelle Taylor from her award-winning collection, C+nto & Othered Poems.  Jason Okundaye, whose landmark social history, Revolutionary Acts: Love & Brotherhood in Black Gay Britain, is shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2024, will then discuss his investigation into the lives of Black gay men throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties against a backdrop of discrimination, marginalisation and the growing AIDS crisis. He will be in conversation with Megan Wallace, UK Editorial Director at GAY TIMES. The evening will end with a screening of The Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu (1995), which focuses on young Brixton-based photographer Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba as he prepares for an exhibition of his work.

Oisín McKenna grew up in Drogheda, Ireland, and lives in London. He was awarded the Next Generation Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to write Evenings and Weekends – the highest award for an emerging artist in Ireland – and it was developed with further funding from Arts Council England. Evenings and Weekends has been awarded a 2022 London Writers Award, which supports London’s most promising underrepresented writers. In 2017, Oisín was named in the Irish Times one of the best spoken-word artists in the country. He has written and performed four theatre shows, including ADMIN, an award-winning production at Dublin Fringe 2019, and has written for outlets including the Irish Times on issues such as gentrification and the alienation of Dublin’s youth.

Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her most recent collection C+NTO & Othered Poems won the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize, and the 2022 Polari Book Prize for LGBT authors. C+NTO is currently being adapted for theatre with a view to touring. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live at the Southbank Centre, and tours her work nationally and internationally in a diverse range of venues, from Australia to Brazil. She is also a Poetry Fellow of University of East Anglia and the curator of the Koestler Awards 2023. She has judged several poetry and literary prizes including Jerwood Fellowship, the Forward Prize, and the Ondaatje Prize. Her novel of interconnecting stories, The Night Alphabet, was published by Riverrun in Spring of 2024 and was named Guardian Book of the Month. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the 2022 Saboteur Spoken Word Artist of the Year. She was recently honoured with a DIVA Award for Excellence and was also included in the Independent’s 2024 Pride Power list.

In partnership with GAY TIMES.

About the Author

Jason Okundaye was born in 1997 in South London, where he remains. His essays and features have been published in the Guardian, Evening Standard, British GQ and the London Review of Books, amongst others. Revolutionary Acts is his first book.

About the Author
What to Expect
  • This event is taking place at Faber’s premises at The Bindery, 51 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN.
  • The nearest underground stations are Chancery Lane Station (Central line) and Farringdon Station (Circle line, The Elizabeth line, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan line).
  • Doors will open at 6.15 p.m.
  • Ticket price includes a drinks reception.
  • There will be a bookshop open with signed books available by card payment only.
  • People eligible for concessionary rates can get £5 off tickets using code Concession5 in the promo box in the checkout.
  • This is a ticketless event - there will be a guest list on the door with your name and the number of tickets you have bought.
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Announcing the arrival of a major new talent, an astonishing work of social history which captures Black gay Britain in inimitable detail.