Jonathan Kemp at Rainham Library

Jonathan Kemp

Jonathan Kemp will be reading from his acclaimed novel, London Triptych (Myriad, 2010) at Rainham Library.

London Triptych comes as close to what I would call a complete work of art as anything I have encountered so far this century… Kemp’s writing is gorgeous, clear and confident with a rich vein of metaphor, often approaching the poetic, yet never becoming overly effusive or strained. Seldom has a debut novel been so well organised or cleverly thought out with such near-perfect economy of expression, eschewing the inessential so as to evoke a world like no other.’ Erotica for the Brain

Jonathan writes fiction, non-fiction and teaches creative writing at Middlesex University. His novel, London Triptych  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 PolariBrand 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).

This event has a charge of £4 for members and £5 for non-members. Phone Rainham library to book on 01708434970