Join us for a fascinating evening of gay history with Jeremy Reed on his latest book, "The Dilly: A Secret History of Piccadilly Rent Boys"!
Conversation followed by Q&A
On the fringes of Soho, Piccadilly has long been London's principal location for illicit sale of sex. Jeremy Reed will talk about his new book The Dilly that examines male prostitution at London's Piccadilly Circus from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Jeremy will explore the history of rent boys from Oscar Wilde's notorious attraction to the place to the painter Francis Bacon's predilection for rough trade. The clandestine gay clubs from the days when homosexuality was illegal, the punters inexorably drawn to the area. The development of a secret slang known as polari or palare, as well as the Dilly's influence on pop stars from The Rolling Stones to Morrissey.
The gorgeous Jeremy Reed has been acclaimed for his poetry, novels and non-fiction. He has won the national poetry Competition, the Eric Gregory and Somerset Maugham Awards and the Poetry Society's European translation Prize.