“Writing True Sex,” a book reading and discussion with Monique Roffey and Leone Ross, will take place on Wednesday, August 3, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00pm, at Waterstones Booksellers (82 Gower Street, Bloomsbury) London, England. See post by Peter Jordens:

Too often sex is equated with pornography and too often writers shy away from the subject of sex and leave their readers at the bedroom door. Writing ‘true sex’, the sex we actually have in life, is often lacking in fiction, the sex which can be anything from blissful and connected to the divine and also painful, even humiliating. It takes skill, bravery, vision, a wealth of experience and an active imagination to draw on when we write true sex.

Come and listen to writers Leone Ross (author of Come Let Us Sing Anyway) and Monique Roffey (author of The Tryst) read from their sizzling new fiction and discuss how they approach writing sex in their work. This will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Bidisha SK Mamata.


Leone Ross (1969) is a British novelist, short-story writer, editor, journalist and academic of Jamaican and Scottish ancestry. Born in Coventry, England, she grew up in Jamaica. In 2000, she was the recipient of an Arts Council of England Writers Award. She is Senior Lecturer in the Creative Writing department at Roehampton University in London. Her short-story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press) will be launched on July 20, 2017. At the heart of these stories is Ross’ refusal to accept any boundary between the erotic and the most inventive kind of pornography. Her website is

Monique Roffey (1965) is a Trinidadian-born British writer and memoirist and winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature for Archipelago. Her memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth (Simon & Schuster, 2012) traces a personal journey of mid-life sexual self-discovery and recovery from a love affair. A new literary erotic novella, The Tryst (Dodo Ink), will be available on July 6, 2017. She is a Lecturer at the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Writer in Residence for First Story. She divides her time between the East end of London, and Port-of-Spain, where she also teaches creative writing. Her website is


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