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The Box

  It’s cold. Quiet. And I’m trapped.   There’s something on either side of me. If I stretch my hands out I can feel it. It’s like a wooden wall. If I stretch my toes there’s a wall   

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Grindr

Soho Athletic gym.   7:15pm. There’s hardly anyone around. The only sound, the receptionist washing glasses, the manager ringing up till receipts and the distant sound of club music floating through the gym. I try to catch the receptionist’s   

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Eulogy for my Husband, Jorge Ignacio Betancourt (31/7/56 – 06/07/15)

I’ve known Father Allen for nearly 20 years. He conducted a service for me when my last partner died. And back in the 90s Father Alan would come to our flat, and we’d be partying in one room,   

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SIX STORIES

Out today. A collection of short stories, drawing on a few of my Soho characters – stories of love, loss, transformation and murder. Download price £0.99   SIX STORIES by Clayton Littlewood (cover photo by Dom Agius). ‘That dirty   

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Goodbye to the Thong Man

In 2006, my partner and I opened a menswear shop called Dirty White Boy and it quickly became a stopping-off point for all the local eccentrics. One of these was an elderly man who had an interest in   

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Growing Up Gay in the 1970s

  There’s a man sitting outside Costa. He’s been there for at least an hour; chair facing in my direction, sipping his coffee, coffee that must have gone cold long ago.   He’s chatting with a friend, his   

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Teenage Crossroads: Three Stories from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

Polari Magazine presents an evening of readings with Kerry Hudson, Clayton Littlewood and Christopher Bryant.   It’s a FREE event, so just rock on up!   The three writers will talk about their struggle as young adults to   

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Sex in the City

In Dec 2013 hundreds of police officers descended on Soho on premises allegedly linked to sex trafficking. Their objective, to make Soho a safe place to live, work and visit. The English Collective of Prostitutes saw it as   

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A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters

A few chapters of Goodbye to Soho are featured in this book alongside people like Samuel Pepys, Alan Bennett, Joe Orton, Noel Coward, George Elliot, Mary Shelley. What an honour! The book’s called A London Year: 365 Days of City   

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Friend. Follow. Text

I have a short story appearing in a book called Friend. Follow. Text #Storiesfromlivingonline – out in October. Here’s the blurb: Tales told through texting. Pinterest prose, LinkedIn lit, irony over Instagram – or Facebook flash fiction. Friend. Follow. Text is a short-fiction   

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April 2013

  Tube Diary: 3rd April Traveling up the escalator, a poster advertising an event called The Alzheimer’s Show.   Tube Diary: 5th April Outside Shepherd’s Bush station. Gates closed. Person under the train. People tutting, complaining about being   

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Mimi Galore

Mimi Galore , otherwise known as Denise ‘The Lady’ Flower, is a photographer who creates dazzling photographs in collaboration with the sitter. When you arrange to be ‘Mimified’ you never know how the photo will turn out. And that’s what   

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Queer Episodes

I have a story in the new Queer Episodes anthology. Queer Episodes is available to buy through the Little Episodes website and is £10.99, a percentage of the sales will go to The Albert Kennedy Trust, this organisation assist   

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Goodbye to Soho Audiobook

It has taken a year of recording, editing and adding sound effects, but the audiobook for Goodbye to Soho is now available.   When I started this project I wanted it to be more like a radio play than a   

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Soho LGBT Walking Tour

An interview I did with Kairos (who do the LGBT Soho walking tours). Two hours of history for a fiver. It’s worth it! You get to hear about the 18th Century Molly Houses where an undercover investigator noted:   

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The Silver Screen

I’ve edited a video. It’s taken from the audiobook of Goodbye to Soho (release date May 2013). I’m narrating, with voices by David Benson and film footage by Jonathan Hodgson.   Click here

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Quentin Crisp

This is a diary entry snippet from my audiobook, Goodbye to Soho (Release Date: May 2013). I’m narrating and my friend David Benson provides all the voices.   It’s about a day I spent with Quentin Crisp in   

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January to March 2013

Tube Diary: 28th January   Wake. Eat. Tube. Work. Tube. Eat. Sleep. Repeat til death.   Tube Diary: 11th February   Bored with my book. So let’s see what’s going on here then…Okay. Opposite: a girl (twenties, all   

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November/December 2012

Tube Diary: 2nd November Central line. With Dom (after a night out in Soho). He’s next to me snapping. I’m next to him typing. Two diarists at work.   Tube Diary: 6th November 7:18am and I’m on a   

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BBC Radio London (1st March, 2013)

Me and Tim Arnold on BBC London talking about Soho with the lovely Joanne Good  (with beautiful Soho songs from Tim’s new album).   Click here

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The Green Carnation Prize

I’ll be one of the judges for the Green Carnation Prize for LGBT literature for 2013.   Click here

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Kensington and Chelsea Review

An article I wrote for the Kensington and Chelsea Review on the ancient Greek words for love (page 22).   Click here  

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Raqib Shaw

Jorge’s in the front room, crashed out on the day bed and I’m here in the bedroom, in my dressing gown, staring at my laptop, thinking, ‘Maybe I should write something.’ So…I want to write about a recent event   

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A Classic Story: Revisited

  In 1846 Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Match Seller (also known as The Little Match Girl). His short story was only 1000 words long but it has endured, like good stories do. Although it still has   

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Polari Magazine’s LGBT History Month

A piece I wrote for Polari Magazine’s LGBT History Month, on the album that changed my life.   Click here

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A Walk Through Soho

Here’s an article I wrote for Pride Life Magazine (Winter 2012). It’s a walk through Soho, a love song to my favourite place.   Click here  

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Pam

I first saw Pam back in February 2007. She was shuffling down Old Compton Street like something from Beatrix Potter, eyes scanning left and right, a half smoked fag in one hand, plastic bag in the other –   

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Marlene Dietrich – Beyond Top Hat and Tails

Strictly make you scream? Top Gear makes your want throw your tinsel at the TV in rage, then at 7pm click below to hear Marlene Dietrich – Beyond Top Hat and Tails – a radio documentary about why   

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Hard Floors and Soft Cell: Coming Out in ’79

An article I wrote for the latest Beige Magazine (Winter edition page 29)   Click here

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The Best LGBT Books of 2012: Authors Select Their Favourites

Two nominations for Goodbye to Soho from authors Jonathan Kemp and Rupert Smith.   Click below   Band of Thebes