Two discussions from London: First, an interview with Lambda finalist Max Schaefer, then a roundtable with Stella Duffy, Paul Burston, and Neil Bartlett on their feelings about gay novels' influence and being labeled gay writers. The 44-minute conversation is available on a free podcast. The Guardian says:
"We continue our inquiry into the politics of fiction by asking if the gay novel can make a difference. We head off to Soho to ask people about the books that changed their lives, and talk to Max Shaefer, whose word-of-mouth success Children of the Sun looks at homosexuality in the National Front.
"With us in the studio are three of today's gay novelists. Stella Duffy explains why, though she's happy to be out, she hates to be pigeonholed, and why feminism is more important to her than sexual identity. Neil Bartlett and Paul Burston explain why they keep returning to historical themes – whether it's Burston's new romantics or Bartlett's innocents from the 1960s."
Whatever else these writers share in common, all four participated in Thebes' queer lit survey.