King of the swingers Richard Herring continues his phallic exploration in Talking Cock

reservations. the show is actually rather spilling. and earned llerring four stars from this very magazine during the lidinhurgh Festival. (it) to to have your say.

Bruce Morton Presents The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£4). ()l‘ Bruce is hack with his monthly comic encounter showcasing the hest new stand—up talent in Scotland.

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Bruce Morton Presents The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 (300 6055. 8.30pm. £6 (£5). See Tue l.


Big Girl’s Blouse The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (Bi. \Vottieii rule the comedy roost as Keara Murphy and Kirsty Moss hatch a clutch of hilarious llights of fancy.


The Dunfermline Comedy Club ('arnegie llall. liast Port. 01383 31-1000. 9pm. £6. Liverpool‘s Richard Allen compet'es a night of comedy capers with guests still to he announced.


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(}(‘ Building. Renlt‘ew Street. 0870 7X7 0707. 7.30pm. £6.

l'pheat Newcastle l‘unnyman .Mickey lltitton introduces Ireland’s cerehral mcanderer Kevin Hayes. the divinely funny Adam Bloom and ‘sit-down' comedian Tony (iert'ard.

Phil Kay and Howard Marks Queen Margaret [him]. 22 l'niversity (iardens. 33‘) 9784. 7.30pm. U2. A double headliner from Scottish surrealist and general maniac Kay. our very own columnist and resident improviser. alongside kitig oi the dope smokers Marks.

The Stand The Stand. 333 \Voodlands Road. 0870 (till) 6055. 9pm. £5 (£4). Thursday nights wouldn’t he the same without cult compere Frankie Boyle. who introduces .\'eil Shackleton. (iraeme Thomas attd guests.


The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ()pm. £5 (£4). l‘)‘)5 Hackney limpit'e New Act of the Year Award winner .\'ohhy Shanks vs ith (ilasgow's l)es McLean. John Ross and Donna Krachan.

Snatch Club The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. l0pm -3am. £3.50 (£2.50). See Thu l‘).

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Quest of the Dragon, see Games, page 109.


JOHN MALEY Delilah's - Stories from the Closet to Closing Time (1 1/9. $29.99)

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After collecting the Grand Jury Pri/e at Cannes 2001 and the Jury Prize at the Paris Film Festival 2002 for his short film Daddy's GIN. writer John Maley has decided to try something new. This change has come in the shape of his first work of fiction. Del/"Ian’s Stories from the Closet to Closing Time.

As well as being a book of short stories. Deli/alts is a fictional gay bar in Glasgow which is run by Joanie. the down to~earth drag queen in search of love. All the stories revolve arOLind the bar and the characters that frequent it. work in it or just pass through it. be it the battly sitting at the counter every night or .Jeanie. the exhausted cleaner who looks after her grantldaughter.

Maley tells stories that drag you into the life of Delilah's and you soon start trying to guess which bar from the Glasgow scene it‘s based on. ‘Delilah's is an amalgam of places I've been to in Glasgow. Amsterdam and Mancl'iester. although some people think it's Delmonica's.‘ says Maley.

As well as drawing on a mix of bars. the book creates colourful characters front a cross-section of personalities and lifestyles with everything from vanilla dykes to bears. 'Some friends read the book and are quite annoyed that they're not in it.‘ he says. ‘I didn't think it was fair to base it on anyone although I'm quite sure there are bits of people I've met and known.’

Maley has never thought of himself as a budding novelist; instead. he saw himself more as Glasgow's answer to Tennessee Williams or Lillian l-lellman. Despite this and holding down a full time job as a social worker. he enjoyed the freedom of writing Deli/alts. 'Writing gives you the most freedom and it affords the reader the most scope for imagining the characters. It's the most free. liberating forum and you don't need to rely on actors or a crew to make it work.’

With a itiaiitelpiece already filling tip With awards and several film scripts ready and waiting. it can only be a matter of time before Maley can give tip the day job. (.Jane i’it’tllllllOll)

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