Ian Elmslie


As the keyboard player in 90s duo ‘Katrina and the Boy’, Ian Elmslie found himself thrust into the heart of the burgeoning gay cabaret scene. His memoirs record the excitement, the glamour, and the hard work of life in pubs, clubs, and venues across the country, and the chance meetings and lifelong friendships that grew out of it.

It’s also the story of a young boy growing up, discovering his sexuality, and finding icons and role models who help show him the way. The ‘heroes’ who made a lasting impression.

This is a book about love, the need for kinship, and the sense of freedom that comes with being yourself. It will make you laugh, and feel better about the world. It will make you cry. And, above all, it will surprise you.

An inspiring and moving read.

“Join the party and tuck into a cornucopia of ticklish memoirs, celebrating fifty glorious years of legalised love, and starring some unforgetable meetings with personal heroes, heroines
and queer icons from the world of entertainment.”

“Unless we share our stories, our history is lost.”

‘A Marvellous Party’ is a heartfelt tribute to those who inspired, influenced, and held the torch that lit the way.

Where to find Ian Elmslie online

Twitter: @@ianelmslie62

Where to buy in print


A Marvellous Party
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 76,020. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017 by Ignite Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Entertainment, Nonfiction » Biography » Gay & lesbian
Ian Elmslie's engaging book tells – with candour and humour – how he came to brush shoulders with TV stars, music heroes, or world-renowned actors. Above all, it's the tale of a young gay man learning about love and life, and reflecting on changes in his community in the 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. An inspiring and moving read.

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cabaret    entertainment    lgbt    lgbt memoir