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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
8:30pm

Young Mungo

with Douglas Stuart
Hosted by Peter Schneider

Young Mungo

with Douglas Stuart
Hosted by Peter Schneider
19
Wednesday
Oct
8:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
General
$25
$30
Reduced
$20
$25
Patrons
Free
Free
Get Tickets
(door price)
Douglas Stuart - Photo by Sarah Blesener

From the Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain,  Young Mungo  is both a vivid portrayal of working-class life and the deeply moving story of the dangerous first love of two young men. Don’t miss this conversation between Peter Schneider and Douglas Stuart.

 

Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between two of Glasgow’s housing estates where young working-class men divide themselves along sectarian lines, and fight territorial battles for the sake of reputation. They should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the dovecote that James has built for his prize racing pigeons. As they begin to fall in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo must work hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold.

 

But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland, with two strange men behind whose drunken banter lie murky pasts, he needs to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.

 

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Ticket holders unable to attend in person can request access to the livestream. 

 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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