AGAINST
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VANISHING

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Against Our VanishingDiarmuid Hester
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Against Our Vanishing is a free audio trail that uncovers the LGBTQ+ history and culture of the English coastal town of Rye. Delve into the rich queer undercurrents of the place in the company of its famous writers and artists. Here, Henry James wrote unforgettable stories like ‘The Turn of the Screw’, while dreaming of young men far away. Lesbian icon Radclyffe Hall found her novel The Well of Loneliness prosecuted for obscenity during her time here. The painter Edward Burra, meanwhile, cast his withering eye over the place where he grew up and camply pronounced it ‘Tinkerbelle Towne’. 

Walk in the footsteps of such famous figures and join the queer people currently living in Rye, whose stories are interwoven with its streets and East Sussex’s vanishing coastline. Against Our Vanishing is a Climate Art commission, created by Diarmuid Hester and produced by David Bramwell. It was supported by BridgePoint Rye and developed in partnership with the National Trust.

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Sean Hewitt,

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Jeremy Atherton Lin, author, Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

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Holly James Johnston, aka Orlando

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