Expired84. Queer Language

  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Discussion on LGBTQ Poetry, Identity and History, with John McCullough in conversation with Chloe Garner. McCullough’s second collection Spacecraft abounds with humorous explorations of contemporary life and love, as well as a powerful central sequence which concerns the death of the author’s first partner from an AIDS-related illness. John McCullough set up Queer Writing South in East Sussex about twelve years ago and queer history was the focus of his PHD too which looked at the homoerotics of friendship in the Renaissance. He is just finishing off the manuscript for his third book which concentrates on modern day queer life and politics in Brighton with a particular emphasis on the extent to which people belong to physical and social bodies.

This event will also explore McCullough’s influences including US and Canadian writers Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O’Hara and Anne Carson. Another theme in McCullough’s work is lost words and dictionaries: a number of the poems in Spacecraft are inspired by words which vanished from English over the centuries like ‘flittermouse’, ‘flother’.

“Driven by the perfect lend of curiosity and feeling, these are poems that pull off that rarest of balancing acts – with brio. John McCullough is a poet you need to know”. (Sarah Howe)

Join us for what will be a fascinating conversation.


Baptist Hall



Venue Website:

142 The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BZ, United Kingdom


The Baptist Church is located on The Homend (near the Orchard Lane junction at the ‘Tesco’ traffic lights), Ledbury
HR8 1BZ.  Toilets.  Step-free access to the main hall.  60 minute on-street parking.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England