cruising for lavs launch
@ Dalston Superstore
|117 Kingsland High Street E82|
Come join us for the launch of our new book cruising for lavs at Dalston Superstore, it’ll be bona to vada your dolly old eeks. The book, written in Polari, explores a journey around St Ives, focusing on differences between London and St Ives, issues of geography, belonging, language and identity between cosmopolitan and coastal surroundings. Polari is a 20th-century gay slang popularly used in London. Hardly recorded or written, the slang survived through oral transmission from one queer generation to the next. A mixture of different languages, such as cockney rhyming slang, Italian, and Yiddish to name a few, Polari was used as a way for queer people to suss out fellow queers, strengthen communal ties as well as subvert mainstream values. During the event there will be readings from our book and the chance to get yourself a copy. There will be a limited number so come early to avoid disappointment. In addition we’re excited to have Paul Baker joining us in running a workshop about the history of Polari and even teaching a few phrases. All proceeds from this book will be donated to Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. A big thank you to the Visual Cultures Department, at Goldsmiths, University of London who have generously funded this project.