Thursday, January 28
Scottish Poetry Library
Poet Iain Morrison has written a sequence of poems about drag queens that he will perform at the SPL alongside Wanda Isadora de Fourrure (also known as the poet and artist Jean-François Krebs). The poems, which are insightful, funny and erotic, dramatize the pleasures and pitfalls of wearing drag.
The phrase ‘the library is open’ is used in the drag queen community to open hostilities, in a fun and witty way, when drag queens ‘read’ each other: ‘Girls, the library is open. Now, read her for FILTH!’ It was chosen as the title of the event as it represents an opportunity for a drag queen to express herself with her own voice as opposed to lip-syncing to a song.
As mainstream society grows more aware of issues regarding those whose gender can’t be neatly labelled, the SPL’s event is an imaginative, sensitive and honest way of learning more about a subject that is still largely underground.