Clayton LIttlewood

Stories of Soho

In this latest highly absorbing personal story, we introduce the talented diarist and author, Clayton Littlewood.

KindredHQ catches up with Clayton in sunny Soho to hear his personal stories of freestyle life in London’s Soho.  The interview starts with an answer to the question many of us have always wanted to know:

‘What is the correct etiquette for visiting a brothel?’

The book, which began life as a blog with a cult following and became a popular column in The London Paper, was based on Clayton’s experiences running the Dirty White Boy clothes store with his partner Jorge Betancourt in Soho’s Old Compton Street.

In 2008 blogger, newspaper columnist, clothes store owner and Soho scene veteran Clayton Littlewood released his first book: Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho. The book captured a memorable moment in Soho’s history and found humour and affection for the prostitutes, street cleaners, transsexuals, bag ladies and shoplifters that Clayton encountered on one the most colourful street corners in the world.

Reviews compared the book to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf and The Berlin Novels: “Mr Norris Changes Trains”, “Goodbye to Berlin”.  In 2009 it was named Gay Times Book of the Year and was endorsed by celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry, Holly Johnson, Boy George and Sebastian Horsley.

In April 2009 Clayton turned the book into a play. It premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End and starred Clayton and the actor David Benson. It sold out. The play returned a year later for an extended run receiving reviews from, among others, Nicholas de Jongh dramatist (Plague over England) and Paul Gambaccini. Now Clayton’s written a sequel, Goodbye to Soho

Goodbye to Soho is available in paperback, hardback and e-book and is in the shops now and available with all online booksellers.

You can find Clayton on Twitter here @claylittlewood and his Facebook page here.

Do you have any interesting, weird and wonderful, stories of Soho?  Please share them with us here!

What they said about his books:

‘Clayton has been seduced by Soho’s sleazy magic and through him so are we.‘ — Marc Almond

‘As scurrilous and entertaining as ever.’ —Rupert Smith (Man’s World)

‘Like Isherwood’s Berlin, Littlewood’s Soho comes to life right off the page.’ —Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych)

“A frank, funny and moving read.’—GT Magazine

Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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