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An American Paradise
An American Paradise

Mon, 19 Sept



An American Paradise

Jack Parlett in conversation with Michael O'Rourke about Jack's book Fire Island, a slim strip of land off the coast of New York, and a place of hedonism, reinvention and liberation.

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Time & Location

19 Sept 2022, 17:00 – 18:00

Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG,

About The Event

Arriving on the island after a break-up back home in England, scholar and poet Jack Parlett was beguiled by what he found. Here were the halcyon scenes of Frank O’Hara’s poetry; the bars where Patricia Highsmith got drunk; the infamous cruising sites; and the dazzling beaches where couples had fallen in and out of love, free for a sun-kissed moment to be themselves in the time before gay liberation.

Tracing Fire Island’s rich history, Parlett leads the reader through the early days of the island’s life as a discreet home for same-sex love, to the wild parties of the post-Stonewall disco era, to the residents’ confrontation with the AIDS epidemic, and into a present where a host of new challenges threaten the island’s future.

Jack will be in conversation with Michael O’Rourke.


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    +£0.25 service fee
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  • Concession

    For those on a lower income and struggling with the cost of living.

    +£0.19 service fee
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