Reading at the Launch of Pharmakeia at Gay’s The Word Bookshop

An excerpt from chapter 3 from my new novel Pharmakeia entitled ‘Soho Books’, read at ‘Gay’s The Word’ bookshop in Bloombury, London. Mahvand, a queer underground comics artist, works at Soho Books and has been sketching customers including Crystal, a Liverpudlian crack-whore. Crystal steals Mahvand’s sketchpad and is then confronted about this act of theft down in the basement by Candy Darling, a Geordie transsexual ‘cabaret artiste, sex shop impresario, entertainer extraordinaire.’ Penelope Maynard reads for the character of Crystal, Karim Jabri for the part of Mahvand. I read the narration and for the character of Candy Darling.

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