Gaudy Bauble & Not Here: Horse Hospital, London, 9th July 2017




Double book launch for Isabel Waidner’s queer avant-garde novel Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017) and Richard Dodwell’s (ed.) Not Here, a queer anthology of loneliness (Pilot Press, 2017).

With readings by Richard Dodwell, Isabel Waidner, Eley Williams, Timothy Thornton, an improv Q&A, a pop up queer art gallery and a live DJ set by Chapter 10’s Charlie Porter.

Gaudy Bauble & Not Here: Horse Hospital, London, 9th July 2017

Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017)

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“I’m besotted with this beguiling, hilarious, rollocking, language-metamorphosing novel. The future of the queer avant-garde is safe with Isabel Waidner.” Olivia Laing


Gaudy Bauble stages a glittering world populated by GoldSeXUal StatuEttes, anti-drag kings, Gilbert&George-like lesbians, maverick detectives, a transgender army equipped with question-mark-shaped helmets, and birds who have dyke written all over them. Everyone interferes with the plot. No one is in control of the plot. Surprises happen as a matter of course: A faux research process produces actual results. Hundreds of lipstick marks reanimate a dying body. And the Deadwood-to-Dynamo Audience Prize goes to whoever turns deadestwood into dynamost. Gaudy Bauble stages what happens when the disenfranchised are calling the shots. Riff-raff are running the show and they are making a difference.

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Published excerpts:

Interview (Isabel Waidner):


Joanna Walsh chooses Gaudy Bauble as one of her three favourite current books. Listen here.

Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017)

The Arrow Maker 2 (eds. Ruth Hoeflich & Isabel Waidner)

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The Arrow Maker 2 (8fold, 2017) is a literature/art journal co-edited by Ruth Hoeflich & Isabel Waidner. Featuring original work by Jen Calleja, Stefano Calligaro, Julia Calver, Prudence Chamberlain, Anna Gibbs, Allison Grimaldi-Donahue, Philipp Gufler, Ruth Hoeflich, Judith Kakon, Adam Knight, Sonya Lacey, Megan Plunkett, Scott Rogers, Mira Mattar, Suzanne Mooney, Isabel Waidner, Eley Williams, Bernadette Wolbring, & Sarah Wood. Published digitally. ISSN 2055 2211.

The Arrow Maker 2 (eds. Ruth Hoeflich & Isabel Waidner)

THE ARROW MAKER 1 (eds. Ruth Hoeflich & Isabel Waidner)

T.A.M. is an underground print journal. Issue 1 (2015) features original works by Sara Ahmed & Sarah Franklin, Lisa Blackman, Matthew Fuller, Ruth Hoeflich, Sue Tompkins, Vanda Playford, Tahani Nadim, Jay Bernard, Sissu Tarka, Rebecca Bligh, Fay Nicholson, Peter Kirby, Ian Warner, Mirene Arsanios, Caitlin Murray, Holly Pester, Mujie Li Vesper, & Isabel Waidner. ISSN 2055-2203. Published by 8fold.

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To purchase a copy at £15, please email isabelwaidneratgmaildotcom. Or purchase a copy at Tome Records at DIY Space for London.


THE ARROW MAKER 1 (eds. Ruth Hoeflich & Isabel Waidner)



Isabel Waidner is a writer and cultural theorist.  She is the author of three books of innovative fiction, most recently Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017). Her articles and short fictions have appeared in journals including 3:AM, Berfrois, Configurations, The Happy Hypocrite and Minor Literature[s]. As part of the indie band Klang, Waidner released records on UK labels Rough Trade (2003) and Blast First (2004).  She is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University and the organiser of an event series on queer writing at the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.