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Conference Programme

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A hard copy of the conference programme booklet and book of abstracts will be provided to all delegates upon registration. For details of where you need to go to register on arrival at the University of Nottingham, please see the On Arrival tab.


Note that a special event 'Language and Gender: Discrimination and Conflict' will be taking place at the University of Nottingham the day before Lavender. Please click here for more information and registration.

Special workshop: How to Polari Bona, with Paul Baker.

Polari was a form of language spoken by gay men and women in the first half of the 20th century. Used for secrecy, identification, humour and gossip, it enabled a camp performance of gay sexuality for its speakers. With a lexicon of around 400 words from a variety of sources (rhyming slang, Italian, backslang, Cant etc) it was constantly developing and relied a lot on the creativity of its speakers who improvised new words and phrases, using a telegraphic form of grammar. In this one hour workshop you will learn the basics of speaking Polari through a series of interactive games. By the end of the class you should know your lally from your luppers and be able to dish the dirt. Unleash your inner omee-palone or palone-omee and troll along!

Please note that numbers are limited for this workshop, which runs on Saturday 29th April 12-1pm: a sign-up sheet for this session will be available at the registration desk from the morning of Friday 28th April 2017, and places will be available on a first come, first served basis.


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