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Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison

Until 30th October, Reading Prison pb/>This unique art event is extraordinary on so many levels. First of all, it’s set in Reading Prison, a Victorian gaol that was a working prison until 2013 and has never before been open to the public. If that isn’t fascinating enough, it’s here that Oscar Wilde was incarcerated, enduring a harsh penal regime designed to eliminate any contact between prisoners, but using the paper given to him by the governor to write De Profundis, his great work of contemplation. Now artists, performers and writers have responded to the unique history of the prison with work that’s displayed in the corridors and cells. Highlights include Nan Goldin’s photo-collage The Boy and Steve McQueen’s installation The Winter. There’s also an incredibly-moving letter by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to his young son, explaining the circumstances of his own imprisonment, and arresting portraits of Wilde, his lover Bosie, and French writer and fellow convicted homosexual Jean Genet, by painter Marlene Dumas. Ultimately, though, what leaves the most lasting impression is Wilde’s own cell, which has been left empty of artwork as a place of quiet reflection. Visit it while you can – but expect to leave feeling profoundly moved.

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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