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Book Launch – Mr Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember

Mr-Pussy

New Island Books requests the pleasure of your company to celebrate the launch of

Mr Pussy 

Before I Forget to Remember

by Alan Amsby with David Kenny

on Wednesday, November 30th at 7.00PM in Lillie’s Bordello, 1-2 Adam Court, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that RTÉ Presenter and Broadcaster, Miriam O’Callaghan, will be guest speaker.

Listen back to Alan and David on Sundays with Miriam here!

RSVP essential.

Please email office@newisland.ie or call 01 – 2784225


In 1969, a young Englishman named Alan Amsby arrived in Ireland with a frock and a wig. He was booked for one week, but was an overnight sensation, and made Dublin his home. Catholic Ireland had never before seen anything like the beautiful and outrageous Mr Pussy. For almost fifty years, Alan has delighted audiences and demolished boundaries.

Here, he recalls his early days as a drag princess and model in Swinging London, partying the likes of Judy Garland, Noël Coward and David Bowie; being heckled by one of the Kray twins – and snogging Danny La Rue. He also remembers grey 1980s’ Ireland, shocking the country with its first adult panto, and losing friends to the Aids epidemic. Then there’s his 1990s’ renaissance, ‘doing time’ with Paul O’Grady and Daniel Day Lewis, and opening Mr Pussy’s world-famous Café De Luxe with Bono.

Full of hilarious celebrity yarns, sequinned characters like the remarkable Stella Minge, and a lot of shameless name-dropping, Mr Pussy is the story of a legendary, ground-breaking entertainer, full of pathos, charm and wit.

 Alan Amsby (aka Mr Pussy) was born in London and performed a popular drag act before moving to Ireland in the late 1960s. The subject of a Gavin Friday song and a regular feature on television in the 1980s and ’90s, Mr Pussy remains one of the most outrageous characters in Irish entertainment.

David Kenny is a journalist, TV presenter, author and songwriter. His best-selling books include Erindipity, The Little Buke of Dublin, The Press Gang and The Splendid Years.

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