LATE NIGHT LIBRARY CLUB PRESENTS... Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 7PM - 1.30AM Welcome to your club, book lovers.
Put on your most uncomfortable shoes, prepare to repent your sins and get ready for Judgment Day as London's interactive literary evening out, Late Night Library Club, presents an evening of events and discussion around Jeanette Winterson's classic 1983 novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
The evening kicks off with an optional hour-long walking tour around and about the event venue Sutton House, a National Trust Tudor landmark, curated by Queer Tours of London and starting at 5.30pm. They will draw out Hackney's queer stories amongst the many cracks and noonies.
The main event follows at 7pm. On arrival, you'll receive, The Plain Truth, an instructional pamphlet that will help you learn whether you're destined for heaven or hell come the Day of Judgment... good luck with that. Then enter an immersive world of religious do-gooders, pious hypocrites, confirmed bachelorettes and preachers with naughty secrets.
The flock is welcomed to explore the many corners of Sutton House (no airing cupboard, though – 'you don't need an airing cupboard when you've got Jesus'). There you will be able to participate in all manner of entertainments that just might be agencies of Satan sent to tempt us to the dark side. These include Bible fuzzy felt; weaving your own religious sampler in our Tanglewreck class; a photobooth where you are invited to practice your best Second Coming face; or just join us in praying for people in hot countries.
A panel of experts will discuss Oranges's themes of religious upbringing, deviant sexuality and, of course, forbidden fruit. Is it an autobiographical novel? 'No not at all', Winterson insists, 'and yes of course.' Panelists include novelist Julia Bell, lecturer Rebecca Pohl of the University of Manchester and more.
Performance will follow with Lisa Gornick presenting a live drawing show And then prepare to be saved with the evangelical multi-gender-Messiah-Messiah-reincarnation that is Shesus and the Sistas.
Artists/Speakers: Shesus and the Sistas.