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Isle of Sin by Simon Maddrell

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Isle of Sin embodies stirring and unapologetic poems that circle the queer history of the Isle of Man. Both a celebration and lament, Isle of Sin pays tribute to Dursley McLinden (1965–1995)—the Manx stage & screen actor whose life was an inspiration for the Channel 4 drama, It’s a Sin—and explores the darker years prior to the partial legalisation of sex between men in 1992. The pamphlet ends by acknowledging how far the Isle of Man has
progressed in overcoming the sins prejudice possesses.

‘Passionate, sometimes tender, sometimes angry, the poems here, based on real people, events and even documents, are a sharp reminder of the nature and cruel cost of homophobia. But they are also a tribute to those who fight for change. Isle of Sin may not be an easy read for many Manx people but a necessary one and Maddrell delivers his message with great skill and integrity’
— Annie Kissack, 5th Manx Bard




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