In The Flesh Comes To London

One of America’s rudest reading events, In the Flesh, relaunches in London at the end of this month, giving well-known erotic writers the chance to share their work with their readers.

Sponsored by Xcite Books and hosted by bestselling erotic memoirist Suzanne Portnoy, In The Flesh London will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Alley Cat Bar & Club on Denmark Street. The first event is on 29th May, from 6.30 to 8.30.

I’ll be taking part in this inaugural session, and I’m very much looking forward to it.  I haven’t yet decided on what to read, though it may involve wolves… The lovely KD Grace will also be reading, as will prolific erotica author Jilly Boyd, and the evening will be hosted by Suzanne Portnoy, author of  The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker: The Intimate Adventures of a Woman Who Can’t Say No.

For four years In the Flesh was a popular monthly event on the New York street calendar. Curated by erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, it featured the best writers in erotica from the US & UK.

Suzanne Portnoy, who read at the New York event, said, ‘Although it held its final reading in 2010, In the Flesh is fondly remembered by anyone who has ever written erotica. Authors would share their stories to get the audience hot and bothered. It was a great place where established and new writers/bloggers of erotica could share their work in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Many UK-based authors performed there and now we are bringing it back to the heart of London, where we hope it will take on a new lease of life.’

The Alley Cat Club is located in the basement of what was once the famous Regent Sound Studios on Denmark Street. Denmark Street, better known as Tin Pan Alley has an illustrious history. The Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Elton John and David Bowie all recorded songs but serial murderer Denis Nilson also worked in the Job Centre on the corner.

Hope to see you there, and if you’re interested in reading at a future In The Flesh night, contact Alison Stokes at Xcite (Alison @

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