Kate Charlesworth at Edinburgh International Book Festival


‘I can’t wait to get my hands on it,’ Val McDermid says of Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide. Cartoonist Kate Charlesworth’s illustrated memoir presents a glorious pageant of LGBTQI+ history, taking us on a PRIDE march past personal and political milestones from the 1950s to the present day. Peopled by a cast of gay icons such as Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, and featuring key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28, Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide, is the first graphic history documenting lesbian life from 1950 to the present.

In Out of the Woods, Luke Turner blends visceral memoir and nature writing to tell a story of sexuality and abuse in Epping Forest.

Both authors will discuss history and sexuality with sensitivity and humour alongside guest host, Val McDermid.

Tickets are available from the 25th June on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.