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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL LOVE. THE DAY BEFORE LIVERPOOL LGBT PRIDE, 2017.BY STEVEN BENSON.

What format for this? poem/polemic/rant?? It is all too weak. The subject is unwieldy, too poignant, too ANGER-INDUCING:BEYOND words.. That lgbt people in Uganda are IMPRISONED, sometimes, for loving someone of the same sex (nomenclatured as “carnal knowledge against the … Continue reading

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MY WRITING STYLE AND HOW IT HAS DEVELOPED, PACE NAYSAYERS.SELF-REFLECTIVE AND META.(ONGOING).BY STEVEN BENSON.

My writing style has developed (for good or ill) IN DESPITE of a minority of others who proclaim their impatience/judgement of it. They do this for motives the nature of which I am unclear. Either: they just do not understand my … Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF GAY MEN’S FICTION IN IDENTITY FORMATION OF A GAY MAN.BY STEVEN BENSON.

With the start of the Blackwell’s LGBT Book Group as the catalyst, I wanted to write about how reading gay male content fiction(classics and modern works) helped consolidate my self-identification as a gay man, and aided and supported me, immensely, … Continue reading

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THE BROTHEL IN HUSKISSON STREET:Remembrances. Gay 80s (continued).BY STEVEN BENSON

Ok, now I have your attention:come with me on another foray into my gay past! This succeeds Princes Gate East https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/for-pride-story-writing-group-steps-to-freedompauls-gay-start-in-life-reflections-by-steven-benson/ But now we are back in the first person….so I shall give you DIRECT memories/reportage, in the form of … Continue reading

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A GAY MAN IN WALES.INTEGRATING.BY STEVEN BENSON.

An English-born gay man in Wales; who wanted/wants to identify as Welsh, with no Welsh blood but a gay Welsh heart. I never managed this integration when I lived in “Aber”(Aberystwyth) in 1978-83; but I attempt it, in retrospect, via … Continue reading

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THE TANGLED SKEIN OF MEMORY. MY LIFE AND “DAVID COPPERFIELD”. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind…”(“David Copperfield”) Memory is fleeting glimpses of the past(in picture form); memory is, also, elongated and long travails through the past. Dickens deals with both, in “David Copperfield”. Proust … Continue reading

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FOR “PRIDE STORY” WRITING GROUP.”STEPS TO FREEDOM:PAUL’S (GAY) START IN LIFE”.REFLECTIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Paul, in memory, re-entered and re-claimed his first flat(since coming out as gay ); in his act of rememberance, he walked around the land of yesteryear,but also(in vertical time) the demesne of today, as his memory joined the past and … Continue reading

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TIME ZIGZAGS:LIVERPOOL GAY ’80S:VIGNETTES.PART 3:”WHERE DID ALL MY HAIR GO?/HUSKISSON STREET.”. BY STEVEN BENSON

I am looking at a photo of myself(Christmas Eve, 1988), taken in Huskisson Street, Toxteth, when I was twenty nine: I am sporting a rather fetching fringe(where did all my hair go?). I am in my second(Liverpool) flat, since coming … Continue reading

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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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