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Go The Way Your Blood Beats: Michael Amherst & Megan Nolan
15 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us for the launch of Michael Amherst’s Go the Way Your Blood Beats (Repeater). Michael will read from the book and then appear in conversation with Megan Nolan.
GO THE WAY YOUR BLOOD BEATS questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay, in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire.
A challenge to the idea that sexuality can either ever be fully known or neatly categorised, it is a meditation on desire’s unknowability. Interwoven with anonymous addresses to past loves – the sex of whom remain obscure – the book demonstrates the universalism of desire, while at the same time the particularity of each individual act of desiring.
Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Go the Way Your Blood Beats asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art – a mysterious, creative force, and one that remakes us in the act itself.
MICHAEL AMHERST is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His work has been published internationally, including in the Guardian, New Statesman, the Spectator, The White Review and Contrappasso magazine. He was shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Prize and longlisted for the 2014 BBC Opening Lines and 2015 Bath Short Story Prize. His work has also featured at Stroud Short Stories, the inaugural London LitCrawl and the Accidental Festival at London’s Roundhouse.
MEGAN NOLAN writes essays, fiction and reviews which have been published widely including in E.R.O.S. Journal and The Guardian. Readings and performances commissioned across the U.K. and Ireland have included the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Goldsmiths Lit Live, Kunstraum Gallery, Cubitt Gallery, Wysing Arts Centre and the South London Gallery. Internationally, her work has also appeared at Hyper Local Festival in Buenos Aires and the Sandberg Institute’s “Wandering School” in Milan. She is currently working on her first book of creative non-fiction concerned with the subjection of female identity in romantic relationships and body dysphoria.