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PONYBOY by Eliot Duncan – book launch

1 June 23 @ 19:00 - 2 June 23 @ 22:00

3£ – 13£

PONYBOY by Eliot Duncan – book launch

⛓️⛓️ Join Footnote Press and Ugly Duck on the 1st of June for a night of ‘melancholic transboy swagger’ to celebrate the launch of Eliot Duncan’s ‘astonishing’ debut novel ponyboy, a week ahead of its release ⛓️⛓️

A bildungsroman set over three acts, Ponyboy is a quest for self-identity set among the art world of Paris and Berlin. In the first act, Ponyboy’s eponymous narrator-a pill-popping, speed-snorting trans-masculine lightning bolt-unravels in his Paris apartment. Ponyboy is caught in a messy love triangle with Baby, a lesbian painter who can’t see herself being with someone trans, and Toni, a childhood friend who can actually see Ponyboy for who he is. Strung out, Ponyboy follows Baby to Berlin in act two, where he sinks deeper into drugs and falls for a fellow writer, all the while pursued by a megalomaniacal photographer hungry for the next hot thing.

As Ponyboy’s relationships crumble, he overdoses and finds himself alone in his childhood home in Iowa. The novel’s final act follows Ponyboy to rehab, exploring the ways in which trans identity, addiction and recovery can reforge the bond between mother and child.

Eliot Duncan is a writer and artist living in London. He is the co-creator of the international, queer collective Slanted House. He studied philosophy at the American University of Paris and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 


Readings from:

Kole Fulmine

Katayoun Jalilipour

Eliot Duncan

Q&A with D Mortimer

Original film by Sweatmother

Books will be available to purchase on the night or you can pre-order a copy with your ticket.


1 June 23 @ 19:00
2 June 23 @ 22:00
3£ – 13£
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