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A Great Recorded History: Queer Cambridge Audio Trail

Created by Dr Diarmuid Hester (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English) this free, self-guided one-hour audio trail reveals the rich and often radical history of LGBTQ+ Cambridge. Explore the city’s long-forgotten queer spaces and places, guided by the memories of queer people and queer Cambridge writing by the likes of E.M. Forster, Edward Carpenter, and Ali Smith.

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For iPhone users: we've found that Safari for iPhone streams the audio trail file instead of downloading it. To minimise the risk of interruptions caused by signal dropout, we suggest that you download the file to your computer then transfer it to your iPhone via iTunes or similar.

Produced by David Bramwell and funded by a University Diversity Fund Award. Supported by lgbtQ+@cam and the Faculty of English.


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Suggested Further Reading: Queer Cambridge in Literature

•    Appiah, Anthony. Avenging Angel. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.

•    Brookes, Les. Gay Male Fiction After Stonewall: Ideology, Conflict, and Aesthetics. London: Routledge, 2009.

•    Carpenter, Edward. My Days and Dreams, Being Autobiographical Fragments. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1916.

•    Chainey, Graham. A Literary History of Cambridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

•    Chapman, Graham. A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VII. London: Eyre Methuen, 1980.

•    Duncker, Patricia. Hallucinating Foucault. London: Picador, 1996.

•    Forster, E. M. Maurice. London: Penguin Classics, 2005.

•    Fry, Stephen. The Liar. London: William Heinemann, 1991.

•    Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness, with an Introduction by Alison Hennegan. London: Virago, 1982.

•    Harris, Pippa, ed. Song of Love: The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier. London: Bloomsbury, 1991.

•    Isherwood, Christopher. Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties. London: Methuen & Co., 1953.

•    Maugham, Robin. Escape from the Shadows: Robin Maugham, His Autobiography. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1972.

•    Palmer, Paulina. The Queer Uncanny: New Perspectives on the Gothic. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012.

•    Smith, Ali. Like. London: Virago, 1997.

•    Worsley, T.C. Fellow Travellers: A Memoir of the Thirties. London: London Magazine Editions, 1971.

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