Guide to Victorian Sex Panel – Open to All

Date/Time: Friday 16 February, 2018 - 7:00pm

Date/Time End: Friday 16 February, 2018 - 8:30pm

Venue: Eldon Building EW 1.11

The University of Portsmouth is collaborating with Portsmouth Bookfest and Portsmouth Writers’ hub, to bring to you the Guide to Victorian Sex.

On the 16 February, Eldon building will host a panel of speakers who will explore the concept of sex in the Victorian era.

Prim or prurient? A panel of top experts in prostitution, sex and erotobibliomania present your guide to the shifting landscape of historical attitudes around sexuality.

The Panel Includes:

  • Dr Kate Lister is a lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, ally to Sex Worker Rights, and a fighter for sexual freedom at
  • Dr Fern Riddell was an advisor on TV’s Ripper Street, her book The Victorian Guide to Sex is a historical romp through sexual desire, practises and deviance
  • Composer Dominic Crawford Collins is recording an audiobook inspired by the greatest erotomaniac of Victorian times. My Secret Life is an erotic memoir offering insights into the era which outdo Dickens.
  • Portsmouth’s own, William Sutton chairs the panel, researching beneath petticoats of Victorian Soho for his second novel, Lawless and the flowers of Sin.

The Guide to Victorian Sex is part of Portsmouth BookFest, a book festival that promotes book buying and borrowing, through a series of events that are not necessarily associated with books.

The event will take place in Eldon Building, room EW 1.11 between 7.00 pm and 8.30 pm, on Friday 16 February.

Tickets for this unique event are £5 and University of Portsmouth students can go free with a valid student ID. You can book your tickets through the Portsmouth Bookfest website.

To find the full schedule for BookFest 2018, you can visit the Portsmouth BookFest website, and you can find out more about the event, and panellists here.

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