More Dirty Boys

Join us to celebrate Gay Pride on Saturday 7th July 2012 as we welcome back Clayton Littlewood, author of Dirty White Boy and Goodbye to Soho, for a late afternoon reading and talk about all the stories Soho holds. A special Dirty Boy Cocktail will also be on special for the day, to get everyone in the Pride London mood.

Copies of Littlewood’s books, Dirty White Boy and Goodbye to Soho, will be on-hand for purchase and signing.

Saturday, 7th July

Motel Fetish / Chas Ray Krider

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If you haven’t, you should really come by to see the Chas Ray Krider photography exhibit ‘Motel Fetish’.   The signed, framed, limited edition prints are selling briskly, so hurry to pick one up, prices start at £195.  We also have some large (extremely sexy) framed photos available, including ones of Dita Von Teese (starting at £225).    And we’re featuring the Taschen book for only … £14.

In Praise of: Auden

Copies of the Complete Auden have arrived and it’s difficult for us to do nothing today other than read …

If I could tell you

Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.
If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.
There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.
The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.
Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.
Suppose the lions all get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

In Praise Of: Thom Gunn

I’ve only recently been introduced by the poetry of Thom Gunn.   And I’m happily immersed.

Critics said of Gunn: “Gunn restores poetry to a centrality it has often seemed close to losing, by dealing in the context of a specific human catastrophe with the great themes of life and death, coherently, intelligently, memorably. One could hardly ask for more.”

A lovely Faber edition in the shop now.

Considering the Snail

The snail pushes through a green
night, for the grass is heavy
with water and meets over
the bright path he makes, where rain
has darkened the earth’s dark. He
moves in a wood of desire,
pale antlers barely stirring
as he hunts. I cannot tell
what power is at work, drenched there
with purpose, knowing nothing.
What is a snail’s fury? All
I think is that if later

I parted the blades above
the tunnel and saw the thin
trail of broken white across
litter, I would never have
imagined the slow passion
to that deliberate progress.

Thom Gunn


Julian Maclaren-Ross


Sohemian Rhapsody

A Journey into the Lost World of Bohemian Soho

Hosted by The Society Club with Paul Willetts and special guests Callum Coates and Virginia Ironside

The Charlotte Street Hotel
Private Cinema
15-17 Charlotte Street London W1T 1RJ

Monday, 9th of July

Doors open at 7pm, Talk and screening starts promptly at 7:30

Few people have led such a strange life as the cult writer and Soho dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64), whose work has attracted admirers as varied as Harold Pinter, Evelyn Waugh, Iain Sinclair, Graham Greene and Sarah Waters. Brought up on the French Riviera during the 1920s, his subsequent life encompassed fame and literary success as well as alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness and a psychotic obsession with George Orwell’s glamorous widow.

To commemorate the centenary of his birth, we’ll be staging a recreation of one of his short, characteristically stylish 1950s radio plays, starring Callum Coates, founder of the popular Fitzrovia Radio Hour and stalwart of the Globe Theatre under Mark Rylance. We’ll also be presenting rarely seen footage of Maclaren-Ross and his friends talking about the long lost world of Soho bohemia. There’ll also be short readings from Maclaren-Ross’s witty and atmospheric work, juxtaposed with a discussion between his biographer, Paul Willetts, and the writer and stand-up comedienne, Virginia Ironside.

Paul Willetts wrote the biography of Julian Maclaren-Ross, ‘Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia’ and has edited several books about Maclaren-Ross, including Collected Memoirs, Collected Stories and Bitten By The Tarantula and other writings. Willetts also wrote the Paul Raymond biography Members Only, which is currently being filmed directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan.

A night filled with celebrating one of our greatest local writers on his 100th birthday.

£15, includes a complimentary glass of Fontaine Absinthe

Limited number of tickets available, please book in advance at

or call The Society Club at 02074371433