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Ethical Matters:
Queer Histories of Love and War

12th June 2024 · 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Brockway Room | Virtual event

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Ethical Matters: Queer Histories of Love and War

Explore the hidden histories of love and desire, particularly for those on the fringes of society, as we delve into the lives of overlooked LGBTQ+ figures with writer and journalist Luke Turner and bestselling author Wendy Moore.

In ‘Jack and Eve: Two Women In Love and At War,’ Moore illuminates the extraordinary tale of Vera ‘Jack’ Holme and Evelina Haverfield, suffragettes turned partners. Jack, known for her acting and cross-dressing roles, served as chauffeur to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, finding love with Eve, an aristocratic activist. Together, they ventured to Serbia and Russia during World War I, offering crucial medical aid and driving ambulances to the front lines. Moore’s narrative offers profound insights into the suffragette movement, women’s wartime contributions, and the development of lesbian identity.

Wendy Moore is an award-winning author and freelance journalist with extensive experience writing for national newspapers and medical journals, including The Guardian, The Times, and The Lancet. Author of several acclaimed books, including “The Knife Man” and “Wedlock,” which reached No. 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

In his book ‘Men at War: Lusting, Fighting, Remembering 1939-1945,’ Luke Turner uncovers the stories of conscientious objectors, a bisexual Commando, a pacifist poet who served in Bomber Command, a transgender RAF pilot, and a soldier who endured Japanese POW camps and later became an LGBTQ+ activist. By delving into a wartime experience that encompasses sexuality, desire, and the body as much as strategy and weaponry, Luke argues that understanding the complexity of the lives and identities of those who fought and survived is essential to truly comprehend the Second World War.

Luke Turner is a writer and editor, known for co-founding the influential music website The Quietus and contributing to publications such as The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, NME, Q, Mojo, Monocle, Nowness, Somesuch Stories, and the BBC.

Their books ‘Jack and Eve: Two Women In Love and At War’ and ‘Men at War: Lusting, Fighting, Remembering 1939-1945′ will be available at this event.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Price: Standard £9 • Concessions £6 • Online £6

Access Information

Due to the age and Grade II listing of the building, there is no lift access to rooms above the ground floor.

All the ground-floor rooms are fully accessible by wheelchair. Main Hall (street access, step-free), Brockway Room (street access, step-free), Bertrand Russell Room (street access, shallow ramp), Hive Cafe (street access, step-free), There is also an accessible toilet on the ground floor opposite the Brockway Room.


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Further Info

This event will be held with an in-person audience at Conway Hall and online via livestream. Everyone wishing to join this event must register for a ticket in advance.

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