SHENANIGANS! Gay Men Mess With Genre





Earlier this year Obverse Books published a short story collection titled 'Shenanigans! Gay Men Mess With Genre'.

The cover blurb, from editor Paul Magrs:

"Dear Everyone,

How do you feel about        writing a short story for me?    I'm about to edit a story  anthology for Obverse Books  and I'm going to invite a  select number of gay men to  write stories based in a genre  - any genre they like - and  maybe more than one at a  time.

I love the idea of writers  working in different genres  and using the rules for each  one... but I do have this  theory that when gay men  write detectives, space opera,  paranormal romance or  whatever... there's a bit of

subversion and bending of the rules going on. I'm after mash-ups and literary crossovers... a bit of Camp Cosy Crime and some satirical thrillers; sexy confessional tales and some time travel; magical realism and outrageous mythic fantasy.

What do you think...?


Paul x"

Several of the authors will be reading out their contributions to the book, including:

JOSEPH LIDSTER has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He is currently working on scripts for other TV projects as well as a micro-budget film. You can follow him on twitter at

JONATHAN KEMP was born in Manchester and lives in London. His first novel, London Triptych, won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. A collection of prose poems, Twentysix, was published in 2011, and his second novel, All There Is + All There Is Not, is forthcoming in 2014 (all published by Myriad Editions). He teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Birkbeck.

RUPERT SMITH is the author of several novels, including the Stonewall Award winning Man's World. He has written genre fiction of various types under various names, notably erotica as James Lear (including the best-selling The Back Passage) and blockbusting 'women's fiction' as Rupert James. For over twenty years he was a journalist, contributing to dailies, weeklies and monthlies; for eight years he was a TV critic for The Guardian. He lives in London.

NICK CAMPBELL is an administrator and research student living in London. He blogs about books at, and in 2010 and 2011 was a judge of the Green Carnation Prize for great modern gay writing.

With more to be announced.

The readings will be followed by a discussion about gay men and genre fiction.

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  • Jon C.

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great evening. Four very different authors. Really enjoyed. Hope Joeseph, Jonatha, Rupert and Nick know how much it was appreciated. Well done Ricky; excellent host.

    3 · June 22, 2013

    • Kisha

      Hear hear!

      June 24, 2013

  • Christian

    Enjoyed all 4 stories - engaging and well read. A really good evening. Thanks Ricky and other committee members for organising. Sorry I couldn't stay for the pub.

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Rakshita P.

    All the readings were excellent, but Joe Lidster's story was mind-blowing.

    Thank you to Richard for chairing and participating in "Shenanigans!".

    I really enjoyed the event :)

    3 · June 22, 2013

  • Jon C.

    A most entertaining evening - especially Mr Rupert Smith!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Kisha

    Sounds awesome!

    June 21, 2013

  • Ryan E.

    Can I bring +2?

    June 20, 2013

  • Dean H.

    Late in the day, I know, but am I allowed to bring a plus one?

    June 20, 2013

    • Derek L.

      The more, the merrier,Dean!

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Sid R.

    What's the ticket price?

    June 13, 2013

    • Richard U.

      Hi Sid. All our public events are free! (Though we will be rattling a donations box!)

      June 13, 2013

  • Denise

    Hello people

    June 6, 2013

    • Richard U.

      Hi Denise. Welcome to Galha Meetup!

      June 6, 2013

  • Dean H.

    I haven't been to a GALHA event before, but this sounds great. Are newbies welcome?

    May 1, 2013

  • Jeremy K.

    The book sounds great fun and I look forward to finding out more.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Jon C.

    Sounds fab! Jx

    1 · May 1, 2013

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