Tim Bennett-Goodman • Reviews

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Tim Bennett-Goodman has been an irregular (if only in the sense of periodicity) contributor to Polari Magazine since its inception.

During his time at Polari he has mainly focused on reviewing new fiction but has occasionally strayed down the byways of television and LGBT history.

He studied Librarianship at Leeds Polytechnic (long before it became Leeds Metropolitan University) but, influenced perhaps by the ‘drop-out’ culture of the late-‘sixties in which he grew up (or was it just bone idleness?), never took his degree. He has been a self-proclaimed dilettante ever since. He has worked (well, drawn a salary at least) in the arts and cultural sphere for the past thirty-five years, both in local government and the voluntary sector, ending with a crazy spell at City Hall under Ken Livingstone’s last London Mayoralty. Since then he has struggled to survive as a freelance.

His favourite authors are Peter Ackroyd, Alan Hollinghurst, Adam Mars-Jones, Orhan Pahmuk and Mervyn Peake. He has completed a novel, which he (reluctantly) accepts may never see the light of day, and lives in quiet seclusion with his partner and cat in East London.

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