The Queer London Research Forum (QLRF), based at the University of Westminster, was established in September 2013. It aims to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion on various aspects of queer London, c. 1850-present. By bringing together academics, practitioners, students and those with an interest in queer issues more generally, we seek to encourage dialogue and debate about the range of London’s queer lives and experiences.
Following the 2013 conference Simon Avery and Katherine M. Graham, co-directors of the Queer London Research Forum, published the edited collection Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London, c.1850 to the Present. For more details see: https://bit.ly/3fe47ED
Simon Avery is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster and Co-Director, with Katherine M. Graham, of the Queer London Research Forum. His research interests include the relations between nineteenth-century literature, politics and gender; historiography and queer histories; and the 1890s. Publications include Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London, c.1850 to the Present (ed. with K.M. Graham, Bloomsbury, 2016), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Northcote House, 2011), Poems of Mary Coleridge(Shearsman, 2010), Thomas Hardy: A Reader’s Guide (Palgrave, 2009), and the Broadview edition of Hardy’s The Return of the Native (2013). He is currently working on a book about the Brontës and politics.
Kate is Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre). She is co-director of the Queer London Research Forum, which she runs with Simon Avery. Outside of queer theory and queer temporality, one of Kate’s major research interests is revenge and Early Modern revenge tragedies. She has work published on the queerness of revenge in The Maids Tragedy (Early Theatre, journal 2018); work on objects and gender in The Revenger’s Tragedy in The Revenger’s Tragedy: State of Play (Bloomsbury, 2017); on the relationship between strangeness and revenge (forthcoming); and on the relationship between anger, time and revenger (forthcoming). In 2011 Kate was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.
Currently Kate is working on two critical/creative projects one about grief and one about confession.
Kate has worked extensively in theatre as a lighting designer, writer and producer, working as co-artistic director of Guerilla Cabaret between 2005-2009. Currently, Kate is also a theatre reviewer for The Morning Star, and an occasional contributor to the Beesotted Pride of West London Brentford FC podcast.