Happened to be in the Finsbury EC1 area today (not to be confused with Finsbury Park N4) and happened across a public library containing an exhibition of Joe Orton’s defaced library books. A really fascinating find. To think the same man who became playwrite of such curios as “Loot”, “Entertaining Mr Sloan” and “What the Butler Saw” served a custodial setence under a 1916 Larceny Act for his fruity jacket-adaptations in an action brought by Islington Libraries is now being feted by the Islington Library Service in an exhibition of the covers that also includes photos of his collage style Holloway bedsit wallpaper constructed from plates removed from the books and his original typewriter purchased for £80 along with some pricey ribbons.
Well worth a look as is the museum at large which includes stuff on the migration histories Irish and Italian communities of Islington, the borough’s gay history (Chris Smith, Orton et al) and ex-resident Tony Blair. More details here.