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Opening Event & Workshops: Camp Books


Castle Street

Tel: 01223 748100

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Opening Event & Workshops: Camp Books

A talk and ritual by Brooke Sylvia Palmieri of Camp Books considering the meaning of queerness and its intersection with printed media over the long course of their mutually empowering histories. This event coincides with Ian Giles ‘Outhouse’.

Artefacts featured will include an eighteenth century engraving of Theodora de Verdion, a gender non-conforming bookseller; a popular nineteenth century chapbook about the life of Cordelia, who sailed from New York to Liverpool as a sailor named James Grey. Twentieth century publications, such as a series of pamphlets published by Quakers based in Cambridge beginning in 1963 and espousing tolerant views of homosexuality. Brooke will also share issues of the Gay News (1972–1983), Britain’s first fortnightly newspaper to be issued by the LGBTQI+ liberation movement.

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About Brooke Sylvia Palmieri

Camp Books was founded by Brooke Sylvia Palmieri on an abiding interest in the history of the circulation of books about radical politics, and gender non-conforming people in particular.

A Philadelphia native now living in London, Brooke has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in libraries, bookshops, and as a writer, educator, and volunteer in archives and special collections, both within institutions and community-run organisations.

In addition to running Camp Books, since 2015 Brooke has edited Printing History, the journal of the American Printing History Association. Since 2016 Brooke has served as a member of the faculty at London Rare Book School, teaching ‘The Queer Book’. Brooke’s work as Camp Books includes writing, lecturing, delivering workshops about LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming history. Recent lectures include ‘A Queer View of Printing’, delivered as the 109th George Parker Winship lecture in Bibliography at the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Brooke is also an avid printer and studio member at the London Centre for Book Arts.

About Outhouse

‘Outhouse’ is a mobile queer space traveling across East Anglia. The transparent walls of the cylindrical structure feature photographs and ephemera related to historic and contemporary LGBTQI+ culture from the East of England.

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