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Film, Radio, Print

We are always delighted when someone wants to speak with us about the bookshop, especially when it's not about a smashed window! In the sections below, you'll find links to videos, radio programmes, and articles where staff members have spoken about the bookshop, what we do, our history, and, of course, queer books. Take a look or listen at your leisure.

TV & Film
Aesop Queer Library Returns for Pride Month 2023

'The books [in the Aesop Queer Library] range from forgotten titles to culture-defining classics, and also puts a big focus on independent names and emerging authors.' Eric Brain, Hypebeast, 15 June 2023

New York Times: 36 Hours in London

'Bloomsbury is the heart of literary London...and there is no better place in the city to go book shopping' writes Desiree Ibekwe in the New York Times, 22 December 2022. 

Peter Dorey, Co-Founder of Gay's The Word Bookshop, Dies Aged 73

'It is clear that generations of LGBT+ people owe Peter Dorey a debt of thanks' reports Will Stroude for Attitude Magazine, 16 February 2021.

Bigoted British tiger that bit off more than it could chew

Graham McKerrow writes for talking humanities about Operation Tiger, the British state’s attempt in the 1980s to prohibit the importation of all queer books, newspapers and magazines, including a raid on Gay's The Word in 1984.

'The importance of Gay's The Word...'

'...the first place I'll be going after lockdown', writes Colin Crummy in Penguin Features, 14 April 2020.

Jonathan Cutbill Leaves 'Phenomenal Collection' of LGBTQ Literature

Jonathan Cutbill, one of the founders of Gay's The Word who passed away in 2019, leaves his LGBTQ Literature collection to University of London, writes Steve Brown for Attitude Magazine, 24 January 2020.

The Best LGBTQIA+ Literature

British Vogue asks 'icons of the LGBTQIA+ community' to share what we queer writing we should be reading, including Ernest Hole, founder of Gay's The Word bookshop, written by Liam Freeman, 21 June 2019.

Gay's The Word Wants You To Notice It

The Londonist profiles the bookshop, asking about visibility and pride, written by Harry Rosehill, 11 June 2019.

Celebrating 40 years of Gay's The Word, London's glorious LGBTQ bookshop

Dazed Digital profiles the bookshop for its 40th anniversary, written by Louis Staples, 27 February 2019.

Inside England's [First] LGBT Bookshop

i-D Magazine interviews Gay's The Word's in light of its 40th anniversary, written by Jake Hall, 18 January 2019.

[NB: The original headline reads 'England's only LGBT bookshop' as it was prior to the opening of the The Portal Bookshop in York.]

Gay's The Word turns 40

'How a small LGBT bookshop became an unlikely battleground in the fight for gay acceptance', writes Thomas Stichbury for Attitude Magazine, 17 January 2019.

Bookshop of the Month - Damian Barr's Literary Salon

Gay's The Word is profiled for Damian Barr's Literary Salon in November 2018 with a Q&A with Uli Lenart.

The Birth of Gay's The Word

Ernest Hole writes the history of the bookshop for the first time in Polari Magazine, 17 January 2012.

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