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Part 1 - The Book That Turned the Light On

Audio from the session: The Book That Turned the Light On.

In a past of illegality and stigma, books asserted a powerful presence. For LGBTQI people they became an underground system of passing on information, ways of survival and even sexual technique. A range of authors and well-known LGBTQI personalities talk about a particular book - from highbrow to trash/porn - that turned the light on. The event was hosted by Buckwheat.

This recording has been split into two parts. Part 2 can be heard here

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  • 0:00:09 - Peter Wells introduction
  • 0:01:24 - Joanne Drayton
  • 0:12:50 - Paul Diamond
  • 0:22:20 - Susannah Walker
  • 0:33:08 - Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
  • 0:45:46 - Paula Boock

A special thank you to the organisers and participants for allowing us to record this event.


1960s, 1970s, 1990s, 2010s, a fire in your belly (book), anne perry, aotearoa new zealand, are you being served? (tv), armistead maupin, at home: a century of new zealand design (book), auckland, auckland university of technology, auto-suggestion, berlin, best mates: gay writing in aotearoa new zealand (1997), books, broadsheet (magazine), bronwyn dalley, brownies, buckwheat, buzzcut, carlo collodi, charles mackay, christchurch, christian youth group, closeted, clothing, code, cole meyers, coming out, cow (conscientious older woman student), cricket, crime, dangerous desires (1991), dare truth or promise (book), david halls, death comes for the archbishop (book), design, difference, douglas lloyd jenkins, edward cowley, enid blyton,, family, feminism, friends (tv), gareth watkins, gay, gender, germany, girl guides, growing up, hermione lee, hippy, homophobia, homosexual, homosexual law reform, hudson and halls (tv), hypnosis, inglewood, inglewood high school, intensely private, internalised homophobia, joanne drayton, john inman, jools topp, juliet hulme, kissing, language, lesbian, lisa alther, listener (magazine), longacre press, lynda topp, makereti: taking maori to the world (book), marionette, metro (magazine), ministry for culture and heritage, mount taranaki, my antonia (book), mystery novel, nancy mitford, never married, new plymouth, ngaio marsh, ngaio marsh: her life in crime (book), o pioneers! (book), one of ours (book), oscar wilde, other women (book), out walked mel (book), overseas experience (oe), paula boock, peter hudson, peter wells, piercing, playboy (magazine), poetry, prue langbein, queer, radclyffe hall, reading, relationships, roger smith, role model, running backwards over sand (book), rural, same same but different (2016), sex, sexuality, shame, sigmund freud, social, sport, stephanie dowrick, storytelling, study, suicide, susannah walker, tales of the city (books), television, the adventures of pinocchio (book), the famous five (book), the house beautiful (lecture), the professor's house (book), the pursuit of love (book), the search for anne perry (book), the well of loneliness (book), the woman in white (book), topp twins, transgender, university of auckland, walter d'arcy cresswell, wellington, whanganui, wilkie collins, willa cather, willa cather: a life saved up (book), women, writing

Record date:12th February 2016
Location:Auckland University of Technology