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Part 2 - 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 1 can be heard here

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  • 0:00:07 - Victor Rodger
  • 0:10:15 - Cole Meyers
  • 0:20:45 - Jeremy Hansen
  • 0:32:40 - Michael Stevens
  • 0:40:30 - Whaitiri Mikaere (aka Diesel Dyke Poet)

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


1970s, 1980s, 2010s, a boy's own story (book), a little life (book), a pictorial history of the talkies (book), academia, academics, acting, activism, addiction, alan bates, alan hollinghurst, angela d'audney, anorexia nervosa, another country (book), anxiety, aotearoa new zealand, arts, auckland, auckland university of technology, batman, beats, betty grable, black faggot (play), bleakness, bloodline (book), boarding school, bogs, books, born again (christianity), brett sheppard, buckwheat, burt reynolds, butch, children, chocolate speedway driver, christchurch, cis female, cole meyers, colm toibin, corn holing, cosmopolitan (magazine), dale peck, dangerous desires (1991), daniel blum, david halls, death, demolition work, depression, derek jarman, derek jarman's garden (book), desperate remedies (1993), directing, disability, dyke, eating disorders, edmund white, edward cowley, elizabeth taylor (actress), fag, faggot, family, fantasy, feminism, flash fiction, france, fucking martin (book), garnet station (auckland), gay, gemini (star sign), gender, gender reassignment surgery, gratitude, greenwich village (new york), greta garbo, hanya yanagihara, hawkes bay, helen reddy, heroes out west (auckland), hippy, hiv/aids, holding the man (book), hollywood wives (book), home (magazine), homosexual, homosexual law reform, homosexual law reform act (1986), homosexual law reform petition, how to be a complete bitch (book), hudson and halls (tv), i am woman (song), indigenous peoples, internet, invisibility, jackie collins, james baldwin, janis ian, jeremy hansen, john fox, john inman, joseph olshan, journal, journalism, joyfulness, kereru (hawkes bay), kevin smith, king's college (auckland), kissing, library, life (magazine), linwood high school (christchurch), love, macho, maori, marlene dietrich, marriage equality, masculinity, matariki poetry slam, mental health, michael stevens, michelangelo signorile, mixed-race, music, my name is gary cooper (play), napier, napier boys highschool, ngati maru, ngati pukenga, nights in the gardens of spain (book), nightswimmer (book), objectification, oliver reed, optimism, out (magazine), out bookshop (auckland), overdrawn (poem), palangi, pamela stephenson, paris, patricia nell warren, paul diamond, peanuts (comic), peter hudson, photo journalism, poetry, poetry idol slam, poetrylive at the thirsty dog (auckland), psychology, public library, public toilet, queer, queer in america (book), quentin crisp, rainbow tick, reading, reflection, relationships, religion, revolution, richard burton, robert burns fellowship (university of otago), rona barrett, rona barrett's hollywood (magazine), rupert everett, safe sex, same same but different (2016), samoa, school, school uniform, sci-fi, sex, shame, short story, sidney sheldon, socialism, sons (play), spoken word poetry, staircase (auckland), suicide, superman, surgery, takatāpui, teaching, television, terd tapper, testosterone (t), the blackwater lightship (book), the block (tv), the boys on the rock (book), the day after (film), the famous five (book), the front runner (book), the hardy boys nancy drew mysteries (tv), the line of beauty (book), the naked civil servant (film), tim conigrave, tom selleck, trans, transgender, unity books (auckland), university of otago, victor rodger, vulnerability, whaitiri mikaere, whanau, who's afraid of virginia woolf? (film), whole earth catalog, witi ihimaera, women, women in love (film), writing

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