Granta 129: Fate launch event
Mark Gevisser & Andrea Stuart in conversation with Sigrid Rausing.
£5 (click here) £6.50 on the door (which includes a glass of wine)
To celebrate the publication of Granta 129: Fate, contributors Mark Gevisser and Andrea Stuart discuss their work in the issue, with Granta’s publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing.
Gevisser came out as gay in the early 1980s, a direct beneficiary of American-style identity politics. In his remarkable essay ‘Self-Made Man’ he explores the boundaries between his generation’s self-discovery and the transgender children participating in today’s genderqueer movement. He finds a rich, supportive community in a most unexpected place – Middle America. Gevisser weaves together the personal, political and societal issues of transgender identity, pinpointing complex and important questions that will challenge our understanding of gender.
In a bold, autobiographical essay, Andrea Stuart reflects on lesbian culture in 1990s London, her own sexual identity and the experiences that catalysed a non-conformist lifestyle. A glimpse into the exclusive parties, the dress codes, the social expectations, the taboos and the sense of belonging that comes, paradoxically, from living on the fringe.
Join these writers and the Granta team for a unique discussion about identity, sexuality, and the meaning of fate in a culture of free will and self-determination.