Gay's the Word

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Gay's the Word

In 2010, as Camden council threatened a rent hike of 25 per cent, the future looked uncertain for Britain’s only dedicated gay and lesbian bookshop (established in 1979). Its last financial crisis was back in 2007 when the shop launched a shelf-sponsorship programme called Cash for Honours, which drew support from loyal customers including Sarah Waters, Ali Smith and Simon Callow. Stock covers fiction, history and biography, as well as more specialist holdings in queer studies, sex and relationships, children, and parenting. In addition to regular author readings and book-signings (think Adam Mars-Jones, Armistead Maupin, Neil Bartlett, Clare Summerskill), there are weekly lesbian and monthly trans discussion groups.

Venue name: Gay's the Word
Address: 66 Marchmont Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 2-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Russel Square tube
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