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He currently teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Birkbeck, where he was awarded Distinguished Sessional Lecturer in 2010. Jonathan writes both fiction and non-fiction, and was a co-founder of the Planet Martha Theatre Company (1994-98). He is also a dj, running for the past nine years a monthly club night, Lower the Tone, with the artist Sadie Lee and musician Lea Andrews. He occasionally performs with avant-garde dada-esque dance troupe The Dancing Brodericks.

His fiction has appeared in Chroma, the online queer literary journal PolariBrand MagazineBest Gay Erotica 2010, and Best Gay Short Stories 2010.


Jonathan Kemp was born in Manchester in 1967, on the day the first Velvet Underground album came out. He spent the first two years of his life in Malaysia, but grew up in Cheshire and moved to London in 1989.

His first novel, London Triptych, was shortlisted for the inagural Green Carnation Prize and won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. Myriad published his second book, Twentysix, in November 2011 and his second novel, Ghosting, was published in 2015.

He has also published two works of non-fiction, The Penetrated Male (2012) and Homotopia? Gay Identity, Sameness and the Politics of Desire (2016).



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