Erotica is big again and rightly so. But not many people realise that a lot of sex writing originated in our fair city. So to honour that, join us and some of the most infamous and talented writers today, penning their dirty ink about the greatest city in the world, London!
Joining us will be Suzanne Portnoy, Lucy Felthouse, Emily Breen, Robin Sweet and Hallie Rubenhold. Learn all about this lovely people and their works here:
SUZANNE PORTNOY A Jewish New Yorker, now settled in London, Suzanne’s book ‘The Butcher, the Baker, The Candlestick Maker’ came out in 2006 and immediately became a bestseller. Now, thanks to the demand for erotica, it’s being republished to a whole new generation of women. She also released a second book, ‘The Not-So-Invisible Woman’ to much acclaim. Saucy, attractive, and finally her dream size 12 after 20 years of indifferent dieting, she is no longer single but settled down with a younger man and happily monogamous. www.suzanneportnoy.com
LUCY FELTHOUSE Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9 www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk
ROBIN SWEET Robin Sweet is a journalist and fiction writer and has acted as sexpert for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Scarlet, Forum and Men’s Health. She is Queer Editor at cliterati.co.uk, the pioneering erotic education website. You can find her short stories on the Ether Books app: www.etherbooks.com.
But enough of all that tawdry and dirty shenanigans because we also have someone to raise the cultural tone from the gutter (well nearly) back to its rightful levels who will tell us, through her fabulous works, about some history of dirty writing in London and the incredible naughty characters she has written about. That person, a responsible adult, would be:
HALLIE RUBENHOLD Rubenhold was born in Los Angeles. She gained an MA in British History and History of Art and an MPhil in History from the University of Leeds. In 2005, she wrote The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack and the Extraordinary Story of Harris’ List, and in 2008 published The Harlot’s Handbook: Harris’s List, a selection of the directories “funniest, rudest and most surreal entries”. The BBC later adapted the material for a documentary, presented by Rubenhold herself. Rubenhold’s work also served as the inspiration for the Channel 4 drama series City of Vice. Her book, Lady Worsley’s Whim, published in November 2008 is an account of one of the eighteenth-century’s most sensational sex scandals. Rubenhold’s most recent work, Mistress of My Fate is an historic novel set on the eve of the French Revolution. It is the first book in the Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot series.
Your host for the evening is MARK FARLEY Mark is a freelance writer specialising in erotic fiction for men and women of every sexuality, His short stories are often featured in the Xcite Books (through Accent Press) range including all three of the Seriously Sexy collections. His stories have been published in both of the Burlesque Against Breast Cancer books, ‘Ultimate Burlesque’ and ‘Ultimate decadence’ (through Xcite) and also Volume Five of the Nexus Confessions series, plus other UK and US publications. His first collection of stories is called ‘Swingtown’ and his first collection of essays is called ‘Aqua Babies Speaking Swahili’, both are available as eBooks.