Author Jonathan Kemp reads & discusses London Triptych

Jonathan Kemp

Stoke Newington resident and first time author Jonathan Kemp, will be reading from his recently published London Triptych, which we reviewed this summer.

London Triptych is an intriguing look at the homosexual experience through the prism of male prostitution over the past 100 years. Episodic in structure, it flits between the lives of three men living in London in different times.

Jack Rose begins his apprenticeship as a rent boy with Alfred Taylor in the 1890s, and finds a life of pleasure and excess leads him to new friendships — most notably with the soon-to-be infamous Oscar Wilde.

A century later, David tells his own tale of unashamed decadence while waiting to be released from prison, addressing his story to the lover who betrayed him.

Where their paths cross, in the politically sensitive 1950s, the artist Colin Read tentatively explores his sexuality as he draws in preparation for his most ambitious painting yet — ‘London Triptych’.

Rent boys, aristocrats, artists and felons populate this bold début as Jonathan Kemp skilfully interweaves the lives and loves of three very different men across the decade.

When: Friday 12th November at 7pm
Where: Pages of Hackney
70 lower Clapton Road
Clapton E5 ORN
Tel 020 8525
Tickets: – £3

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