Blackmail, Sodomy and Sex Work: Oscar Wilde on Trial

Venue: The Chapel HM Prison Reading (Directions)

Thu 27 Oct, 19:00
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Lecture series presented in association with the University of Reading
Joe Bristow - Blackmail, Sodomy and Sex Work: Oscar Wilde on Trial
Part of INSIDE: ARTISTS & WRITERS IN READING PRISON

Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California. This talk explains the extraordinary circumstances that led John Sholto Douglas - the 9th Marquess of Queensberry - to gather as much information as he could about Wilde’s intimate involvement with young male sex workers, these “gilded snakes” (as he called them), and reveals the ways in which Queensberry’s defence team ensured that this group of male prostitutes and blackmailers was rewarded for giving carefully groomed evidence against Wilde.

More lectures in the season:

6 Oct - In Prison with Oscar Wilde - Peter Stoneley

13 Oct - Reading Gaol and the Architecture of George Gilbert Scott - Gavin Stamp 

20 Oct - Taking a Stand: Oscar Wilde, Art and Anarchism - Anna Gruetzner-Robins

 

 

Ticket information

Ticket price £9 full price, £7 concessions, 25% off for groups of 10+, £7 Under 18s
Ticket includes entry to the exhibition from 5pm on the day of the lecture

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The Chapel HM Prison Reading

Reading Prison is located on Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3HY. There are public car parks nearby and Forbury Road is served by orange buses 13 and 14. Reading station is a five-minute walk from the prison and trains run from London Paddington every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, with an average journey time of 30 minutes.
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