Jonathan Kemp writes fiction and non-fiction and teaches creative writing at Middlesex University. His first novel, London Triptych (Myriad, 2010), was shortlisted for the inaugural Green Carnation Prize and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. His highly praised collection of short stories, Twentysix (Myriad, 2011), is a milestone of literary erotica in the tradition of Georges Bataille and Jean Genet. His second novel, Ghosting was published to widespread critical acclaim by Myriad in 2015. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Chroma, the online queer literary journal Polari, Brand Magazine, and in the anthologies Best Gay Erotica 2010 and Best Gay Short Stories 2010. Non-fiction works include The Penetrated Male (2012) and Homotopia?: Gay Identity, Sameness and the Politics of Desire (2015, both Punctum Books).
Interviews and Features
Jonathan Kemp and The Momus Questionnaire
Created by musician Nick Currie, The Momus Questionnaire is designed to identify the aspects of a personality which give the subject a positive self-image, or ‘subcultural capital’.
Here, Jonathan Kemp talks writing, life, and the rebellion that made him in The Momus Questionnaire.
Jonathan Kemp Interview in Polari
“I could be a lesbian and I don’t know it” was Jonathan Kemp’s mum’s reaction when he first told her he was gay. Read Jonathan’s sensitive and frank autobiographical story about coming out, written for online LGBT magazine Polari.
Jonathan Kemp interviews Neil Bartlett
Read Jonathan’s interview with playwright and author Neil Bartlett for the Winter 2012 issue of Beige Magazine. They discuss the ‘queer aesthetic’, Bartlett’s love of Oscar Wilde and his latest and forthcoming work.