Experiments in Living and Working: Squats and collectives in 1970s and 80s London

Hosted by the LSE Library and LSE Literary Festival

NAB 1.04, 1st Floor, New Academic Building,


Professor Matt Cook

Professor Matt Cook

Sue O'Sullivan

Sue O'Sullivan


Dr Anne Summers

This event explores what changed in the years after the Sexual Offences Act in 1967, which partly decriminalised homosexuality in the UK. Matt Cook talks about a gay squatting community in Brixton. Sue O’Sullivan talks about working collectively on Spare Rib magazine. 

Matt Cook is a lecturer of History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and Co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. He is author of Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in 20th Century London

Sue O’Sullivan has been involved in the UK women’s liberation movement from its start. She got into writing and publishing via hand-produced Women’s Liberation Movement newsletters and ended up on various feminist publication collectives, including Red RagSpare RibFeminist ReviewSheba Feminist Press and finally ICW News, the newsletter of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.  Collective working brought joy and sorrow!

Anne Summers is Chair of the Friends of the Women’s Library.

Hosted by the LSE Library (@LSELibrary) in conjunction with their exhibition “Glad to be Gay: the struggle for legal equality” on display in the LSE Library Gallery from 9 January – 7 April 2017.

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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".


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