Soooooo looking forward to moderating an in-conversation with downtown-and-beyond legends Adele Bertei and Vivienne Dick at the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin on May 31.
Here’s the skinny:
“Adele’s memoir Twist is a revelatory and deeply personal account of queer history written from a working class perspective. Adele reveals what it’s like to be a queer teen at a time when discovery could be fatal. Adele’s alter ego Maddie Twist peers deeply into the American psyche, refusing to consent to the systems of harm. Along the way we encounter an unforgettable schizophrenic mother, Catholic saints, West Side Story and Oliver!, poet killers, the abyss of sexual assaults, girl-gangsters and faux-pimps, teenage lesbian sex, racial tensions and misconceived divides, a drag family known as the Holy Maudlins, Vietnam vets in dark and light, cabaret, true family, rock and roll. And the ultimate saving grace: love.”
Vivienne Dick is an Irish counterculture pioneer, the Donegal-born feminist experimental and documentary filmmaker whose early Super 8 films helped define the punk/No Wave/CBGBs scene of the late 70s: the Contortions, James Chance, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and many more.
Twist is published by Ze Books, the literary wing of the legendary label that brought you epochal recordings from Suicide, John Cale, Was (Not Was), Lydia Lunch, and Kid Creole & the Coconuts, to name but a few.
I’m honoured to be on board for this event.