The Notorious 1880 Police Raid of the Cross-Dressing Ball at Temperance Hall

Mimi Matthews

“…one of the foulest and most disgraceful orgies that ever disgraced any town.”
The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, October 1, 1880.

Illustrated Police News, October 9, 1880. Illustrated Police News, October 9, 1880.

On September 24, 1880, the Manchester City Police received information that a fancy dress ball scheduled to be held that night at the Temperance Hall in York Street, Hulme, was going to be of an improper character.  According to the September 27, 1880 edition of the London Evening Standard, the hall had been engaged a few days prior by the Association of Pawnbrokers’ Assistants.  However, upon investigation, Detective-Sergeant Jerome Caminada discovered that the association knew nothing of the ball and that “the room had been hired under false pretence.”

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Priddy’s Tale – Release date at last

Thank you, Harper Fox. I wish you good luck on the new launch, and I’m breaking a bottle of champagne now 😉

The Foxhole

priddy with pm textThe regular Sunday blog is taking a break this week in favour of my next publication, Priddy’s Tale, which I’m excited to announce will release on Monday, 20th June, and will be available on Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Smashwords (no pre-order, I’m afraid – I wasn’t organised enough this time!). Here’s the blurb and an excerpt. Would you like a win a free copy? I’m giving three away. Just leave a comment here or on Facebook, and I’ll pop your name into a hat.

What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had…

Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub high…

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Call for Submissions!

Women and Words

Call for Submissions to Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing

NewTown Writers Press is delighted to announce that our annual print publication, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, is now accepting submissions for Volume 20.

Off the Rocks publishes poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) by the GLBT community and its advocates. For this volume we also invite submissions of short plays, and we are seeking photography and artwork to be considered for the anthology’s front cover as well.

The theme of this year’s anthology is “Coming Out on Stage.” Submissions should explore the GLBT community’s relationship to the performing arts.

How are we presented and represented onstage, as well as backstage? What role has theatre played in your life? What roles have you played in the theatre? What are the ways in which gays influence and are influenced by the performing arts?

You are…

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Freeport by Maldoror

I re-read this fic from time to time…

Slash World

Title: Freeport
Author: Maldoror
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo Maxwell/Wufei Chang
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: Really Long
Genre: Angst, Adventure, Hurt-Comfort, Dark(-ish), Drama

Summary:
*Doesn’t give one that I can find.

Why You Should Read This:
This fic, it’s hard, it’s visceral, it’s… wow. Not a take I’ve ever come across of the Gundam boys. It really gives a look into Duo and the effect his childhood on the streets and then the war had on him and his outlook on life. And Wufei…? Well that’s something you’ll just have to read to find out. 😉

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