When I'm not writing, coaching or running Polari literary salon and the Polari Prize, I give talks. Often these are author talks about my latest book. Sometimes they're more general.
Yesterday I gave a lunchtime talk for LGBTQ+ History Month at Four Communications. The brief was pretty broad. They wanted me to talk about polari the gay slang, Polari literary salon and our book prizes, my activism, my memoir and more. So I prepared a talk which covered a little bit of everything and allowed time for questions so I could expand on any points of particular interest.
Honestly, they couldn't have been a lovelier bunch. So attentive. So friendly. Such great questions. I had such a wonderful time, we ran over our allotted hour and chatted for ages. The event was also recorded for those unable to attend, so they could watch later.
Thanks to Caroline and Az for inviting me, to Will for his kind introduction and to everyone who attended. The feedback was so positive, I'm sharing it here –
“That was a great chat to sit in and listen to!!!!”
“Yeah was so so amazing and interesting – thanks so much x”
“Small pile of books to read now as well….”
“Yes, I completely agree! Thank you Will and Az! Great choice selecting the speaker – Paul’s talk was not only educational, but also very moving. I am looking forward to the next one!”
“Agreed, great learning opportunity!”
“Fabulosa! A brilliant guest! I’m a bit gutted I didn’t get to meet Paul in person if I’m honest.”
“It’s honestly one of the BEST things I’ve ever been to at Four!”
How lovely is that? For future reference, I'm also available to give talks during the other 11 months of the year, and for weddings, bar mitzvahs...
And the photo? That was the plant on the front desk. No, I've never seen anything quite like it, either.