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Ian McMillan looks at language after dark and writing about nightlife with guests Dave Haslam, Geraldine Quigley, Rachael Young and Chris Green.

Ian McMillan looks at language after dark and writing about nightlife with guests Dave Haslam, Geraldine Quigley, Rachael Young and Chris Green.

Dave Haslam is a writer, broadcaster and Dj and the author of 'Life After Dark', a comprehensive history of nightlife in Britain. Geraldine Quigley's debut novel 'Music Love Drugs War' follows a group of young friends trying to have a good time against the background of the troubles in Derry, Theater Maker Rachael Young examines both the good and the bad sides of going out in her piece 'Nightclubbing', and there's brand new work from Christopher Green on his love of dancing.

Presenter: Ian McMillan
Producer: Cecile Wright

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Christopher Green

Christopher Green

Christopher Green unearths a piece of his past for this week’s Verb, reading a poem he wrote in 1992 after staying up all night at The Ministry of Sound. As he says thinking back on his younger self, ‘I don’t think anything means that much now’.  He also reads a brand new poem ‘Everybody Dance Now’, on aging, dancing sober, and how to find the Nightclub within. 

Geraldine Quigley

Geraldine Quigley

Geraldine Quigley’s debut novel ‘Music Love Drugs War’ (Fig Tree) draws on her experiences as a teenager in Derry during The Troubles. For Geraldine and her friends, a club called The Cave was a haven for them in the middle of a war. She also celebrates nightclubs and particularly nightclub toilets as important and intimate spaces for women to exchange information. She also tells the story of the first woman to wear trousers in a nightclub in Derry…

Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam

DJ and writer Dave Haslam is the author of Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’ Simon & Schuster. For Dave, the club is as important to a city as its cathedral or university. It is a place where we find our own tribes. He also celebrates disco as a place of safety for women, gay men and minorities – after dark is where you don’t have to compromise. 

Rachael Young

Rachael Young
In her show ‘NIGHCLUBBING’, Theatre maker Rachael Young considers an incident in 2015 where black women were denied entry to a nightclub purely based on the colour of their skin. Rachael explains how she balances telling this difficult story while celebrating dancing, blackness, and the Majesty that is Grace Jones. Rachael Young is performing NIGHTCLUBBING in Glasgow and London, dates here

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