Join Edinburgh’s convent of drag nuns from the Order of Perpetual Indulgence for a brunch with a difference! Inspired by similar events in the US, we're bringing the glitter and glamour to Book Week Scotland. Expect more than your average natter over a cuppa!
We’ll explore the colourful history of the Order through the stories of Brother Bimbo del Doppio Senso, there’ll be storytelling from Sister Carmen Eileen from a selection of LGBTQ+ books for all ages and we’ll provide tea and cake (and something a little stronger for the adults!).
Sisters will be available to answer any questions you have about the organisation, and our guests are encouraged to share stories about their own LGBTQ+ life experiences if they feel comfortable doing so.
Bring your fabulous selves, and let's have a bona blether!
This event is a safe space in accordance with Lighthouse Books’ policy (https://www.lighthousebookshop.com/about/safer_space.html(this will open in a new window)).
Guests can drop in anytime, as this is a very informal event.
43-45 West Nicolson Street
Wheelchair access: we have a portable wheelchair ramp, which we are always more than happy to put out (just tap the front window, and we’ll spring into action); we also lay it down the front step an hour before all events. Our ramp has a 300kg carrying capacity and a usable width of 77.5cm; it has a 1:6 ratio, which may not be suitable for all electric wheelchairs (sorry – the pavement is pretty narrow!). The shop itself is laid out so that a reader in (most) wheelchairs can do a full circuit of the shop. There is at least 90cm+ of navigable space through most of the shop, although the arches into the fiction room only have a width of 77cm. Guidance for individuals with visual impairment: our booksellers are all very happy to give guidance around the shop, read out blurbs and compile as well as walk through recommendations for anyone with a visual impairment. We do not carry stock of large print books or audio books/CDs but we are always very happy to order these in. Sound/hearing: we don’t play background music throughout the shop, although we sometimes play songs from the till computer, if you prefer silence we are always happy to switch the tunes off. We will have a hearing loop installed in 2019. None of our staff are proficient with BSL (yet!), we try as a rule to speak clearly and face customers when we are talking to help with speech reading if necessary, and we do keep a whiteboard/whiteboard markers by the till so we can chat in writing – please just let us know what method of communication you prefer and we’ll do our best. We are planning to have a few events per season with a BSL interpreter. These will be flagged up here and on the event page. If you require BSL interpretation, if you give us 3 weeks' notice before any event you are interested in, we will do our absolute best to arrange an interpreter. Seating: we have a window seat in fiction, and a few comfy seats scattered throughout the shop for anyone who needs a rest. Toilet: we do have a toilet available to customers, although it is worth noting that it is in the basement of the shop and can only be accessed down a spiral staircase. Events: we always have seating at events, latecomers may need to stand if an event is oversubscribed. If you need to sit, please arrive early, and if you have a preference on where you are seated simply call or email the shop in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. Our seats have back support but no armrests. We do have an office chair we are happy to put out, just get in touch in advance and we’ll sort that out. All speakers use microphones at events with more than 15 guests. We use the fiction room as a break-out space during events, it’s quiet, with a window for fresh air and a few seats. Event tickets and cost: we always offer 15 FREE tickets to shop events and 50% of seats at outside events are also free on a first-come, first-served basis. For the rest we charge a modest entry fee of £3.