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Edible Pleasures – A Tasty Experience with Lana Citron

Come whet your palates and tickle your fancy in this engagingly scrumptious evening exploring the universal relationship between food and sexual desire.

Author Lana Citron will be talking desire, passion and the pursuit of oral gratification to celebrate her latest publication Edible Pleasures, a textbook of aphrodisiacs. Lana looks at desire through the culture and history of aphrodisiacs. In a talk which will be informative, entertaining, stomach-churning (the more gross examples) and palate teasing.

Edible Pleasures is a cultural and historical romp on the universal bond between food and sexual desire. From the poetic to the philosophical, the absurd to the abstruse, indulge in scientific, gastronomic and cultural histories, accompanied by an A-Z of aphrodisiacs with a side order of seductive recipes. Lovingly combining delicacies from The Taste of a Kiss by Martial to Madame Pompadour’s Asparagus Tips, by way of South Park’s Hot Salty Chocolate Balls, Edible Pleasures is the definitive textbook to food, passion, love and desire.

Book Your Ticket Here:
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Ticket price includes a signed copy of Edible Pleasures


“Discerning gourmands”, “connoisseurs of seduction” and “gastronomes of love” are all most welcome.

More About Lana Citron

A prize-winning Irish author and scriptwriter, Lana Citron’s novels are; Sucker, Spilt Milk, Transit, The Honey Trap and The Brodsky Touch. Her first nonfiction, A Compendium of Kisses was Book of the Week in The Economist and described as ‘an intellectual and indulgent treat; a wonderful and comprehensive book on all things osculatory’.

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Lana Citron

For more information go to www.lanacitron.com or follow Lana on Instagram

Photo ‘Pie Hole’  © Jo Ann Callis

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Florence Schechter Presents: Why The World Needs A Vagina Museum

Did you know that there’s a penis museum in Iceland?  (Maybe a bit far to travel for a look at phalluses seeing as so many just slide into DM’s on a daily basis, but that’s not the point.)

And did you know that there is no vagina equivalent anywhere in the world?

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Florence-Schechter – photo by Nicole Rixon

Cue Florence Schechter – superwoman extraordinarie, with a vision of bringing vulvae & vaginas to the world!

She decided to create the world’s first bricks & mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy; the Vagina Museum!

Join us for an enlightening evening of vag-and-museum-talk with the fabulous Florence, where she’ll present a talk on “Why The World Needs A Vagina Museum” and discusses why she chose to set up the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to the vulvas, vaginas and the gynaecological anatomy, and the strange reactions she’s received along the way.


Join Us!

More About The Vagina Museum

By opening their first premises, the Vagina Museum can host an outreach programme that includes supporting healthy and inclusive sex and relationships education, engaging with doctors and other medical professionals to provide better services and supporting the trans and intersex communities. A packed events programme will include talks, panels, workshops, classes, comedy nights, performances and so much more!

In support of the Museum’s mission, the V.M crew have created an advisory and board of trustees that includes a hugely diverse group of people from all walks of life including medical professionals; scientists; academics in gender studies, literature and history of sex work; curators; activists working in LGBT+ rights, fighting
FGM and supporting people in poverty who menstruate; and sex educators.

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Jasmine-Evans-photo by Nicole-Rixon

But to make this great (and time-sensitive) opportunity a reality, the Vagina Museum Crew need your help to do it and have launched a crowdfunder to make the dream a reality – find out more and donate here > Vagina Museum Crowdfunding.

 

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The LOL Word Comedy Night at Sh!

Like comedy? Like queer women?

Then you’ll love The LOL Word!

That’s right: your favourite LGBTQ+ women and non-binary comedians, The LOL Word, are descending upon London’s finest sex emporium Sh! for a night of raucous, inclusive, sex-positive and hilarious comedy.

Not only will you see the comedy scene’s finest award-winning queer talent, but you’ll also get to spend the evening surrounded by solid gold pure smut with 10% OFF ALL PRODUCTS for ticket holders!

Comedians for the night include the entire LOL Word originals (Chloe Petts, Jodie Mitchell, Shelf, and Chloe Green) plus the most special of SPECIAL GUESTS…


Tickets are extremely limited so grab yours now to avoid disappointment!

Arrive at 6:30pm to start shopping with that sweet 10% DISCOUNT and the show starts at 7pm prompt.


So who are LOL then?

A bunch of best mates and accolade-brimming comedians, providing London, Manchester, Brighton, Edinburgh and beyond with the best LGBTQ+ comedy talent there is. Founded by Chloe Green, Jodie Mitchell, Chloe Petts and sketch duo Shelf, they pull together the very best talent the scene has to offer, to save you the faff. Previous line-ups have included Sofie Hagen, Fern Brady, Sophie Duker, Kemah Bob, Sarah Keyworth, Rosie Jones andmaaany more babes.

Shelf

Shelf are a comedy double act from South London.

Shelf is made up of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde. Already lifelong friends, they started performing as Shelf in 2015. Shelf started out at open mic nights, honing a style that is “a winning hybrid of sketch show and standup” (Edfringe Review).

Since their formation, Shelf have performed at Bestival, London Pride, and been nominated for Sketchfest’s Best New Act award. Their work has appeared on BBC3 and LADBible. They are founding members of sell-out monthly night The LOL Word, which showcases queer women and non-binary comedians from across the London comedy circuit. They are board members of the cult hit Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, with whom they regularly perform in London and Edinburgh.

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The Skinny – “…cool and relevant”

Diva Magazine – “The talented twosome find belly laughs in heavyweight topics like mental health, sexuality and gender

The Broad UK – “What makes their show really stand out is the crackling chemistry between their on stage personae”

The Daily Info – “Everything they do is organic and fresh…the audience is given permission to join in with their friendship: they let us in to their lives, flaunting their flaws and thus showcasing their qualities. Their honesty encourages laughing along and their comic timing ensures it”

Bunbury Publishing – “The chemistry between Rachel and Ruby absolutely sparkled, from the writing to the performance, page to stage, everything feeds into each other perfectly. I will repeat, Shelf are going to be huge”

Scotsgay – “Lesbians”

Jodie Mitchell

Jodie-MitchellJodie Mitchell is a ‘blindingly obvious comedic talent’ (The Skinny) doing her best to simultaneously be as surreal and political as possible. In 2018, she was a ‘Funny Woman Awards’ Finalist, a ‘Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year’ Semi-Finalist, and shortlisted for the ‘BBC New Comedy Award’.  She has a hit comedy podcast, ‘Secret Dinosaur Cult’, which she co-hosts with Sofie Hagen, and is currently touring a new show as her male comedian alter-ego with the Drag King troupe ‘Pecs’, after a 5*, Offie-nominated, sell-out run at Soho Theatre. Jodie’s supported by Soho Theatre Young Company, and is a founding member of queer, all women and non-binary comedy collective ‘The Lol Word’.  If you’re her mate, then you laughed at her shouldering butchness to don a denim mini-skirt in BBC Scotland’s ‘Scotsquad’.

‘Jodie Mitchell…left me with actual tears of laughter running down my face’ – DIVA
‘[Her] set is so funny it makes all the comedy in my life up to this point redundant’ – Theatrebubble

Chloe Petts

Chloe Petts’ “inexhaustibly funny mind” (Diva Magazine) and “compelling presence” (Steve Bennett, Chortle) has established her as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit.

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Chloe is an alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, has been shortlisted for the BBC Comedy Award, was a finalist in the most recent Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Awards and came runner-up in the Funny Women Awards 2017.

She has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts and BBC 3 Quickies.

Chloe Green

Chloe-GreenChloe Green is a queer comedian who makes jokes about life as a Labour Party staffer and the patriarchy. Sounds like a misnomer? It’s Ms. Nomer, thanks very much.

When she takes time off from being a “f*cking delicate snowflake”, Chloe likes to make jokes. Because her job staffing Labour’s Twitter account and navigating the minefield of sexism and homophobia in politics is surprisingly funny. Sharp political commentary meets confessional storytelling as Chloe tells us what it’s like to be “out” on the inside of the UK’s weirdest workplace.

Chloe is a co-founder of queer comedy collective The LOL Word, which had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. She’s also a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company, was named one of the top lesbian and bi comedians to watch out for by Pink News in 2018, and was a Semi-Finalist in the BBC New Comedy Award 2018.

As seen on LADBible and Pink News, seen at Latitude, heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

“Smart, insightful, hilarious, and completely relatable” – DIVA magazine.

“a quickfire stream of jokes that bounce pleasingly around a wide field of crowd-winning topics” – Bechdel Theatre

About LOL Word:

The Guardian: “a new generation of comics retaliating against the old template of comedy”
DIVA: “Smart, insightful, hilarious, and completely relatable”
Sofie Hagen: “My favourite comedy night in London”
Bechdel Theatre: “THE night to go to”

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Janet W Hardy Talks Kink at Sh! in October

Exciting news, kinksters!

Janet W Hardy, Author, Speaker & Teacher is coming to town and she’ll be hosting a talk at Sh!

Here’s the class blurb: Mommy’s hard palm, Daddy’s big belt, Coach’s paddle, Mistress’s cane: few BDSM activities are as erotically and emotionally charged as spanking. Whether you’re a jaded aficionado or a nervous-but-excited novice, there’s always more to learn about the craft and art of butt-whacking. Come discover how to negotiate the scene you want, play the roles that excite you, pace a spanking for maximum pain and/or pleasure, understand your partner’s anatomy and physiology, surf the pain so you can accept the sensations you crave, choose implements for sensation and drama, select positions appropriate to your goals, and much more.

We are so excited our butt cheeks are practically quivering!

We’re expecting this talk to sell out quickly, so best be booking your ticket now:

Where: Sh! 31-35 Pitfield Street, London N1 6HB

When: Friday 5th October | 6:30pm

Price: £15 per person

Book your ticket here: Warm Hand, Warm Heart


For those of you new to or unfamiliar with sluthood or ethical kink, here’s what you need to know about Janet:

Janet-W-Hardy-Doing-Up-TieJanet W. Hardy is the author or coauthor of twelve groundbreaking books about relationships and sexuality, including The Ethical Slut (more than 200,000 copies sold to date, including the third edition published in 2017 by Ten Speed Press).

Janet has traveled the world as a speaker and teacher on topics ranging from ethical multipartner relationships to erotic spanking and beyond. She has appeared in documentary films (Slut, Beyond Vanilla, Vice and Consent, BDSM: It’s Not What You Think), television shows (SexTV, The Dr. Susan Block Show), and more radio shows than she can count.

Janet’s writing has appeared in publications as various as The Sondheim Review, Clamor and EIDOS. Her book Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals was a finalst for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Bisexual Book Award, and her essay “Ex” was a finalist in the Event and New Letters creative nonfiction contests. “The Portal,” a very personal essay about vaginas and their relationship to gender (which is not necessarily what one might think), appeared in Best Sex Writing 2010 (Cleis Press, 2009), and “The Old Folks At Home,” an essay about aging in an ambiguously gendered relationship, appeared in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010).

Janet serves as Editorial Director for Greenery Press, the firm she founded in 1992, as well as for Down There Press. She also runs The Active Voice, which offers editorial, event and promotional consulting.

She often fantasizes about being handcuffed to Stephen Sondheim’s piano.


With no less than 12 must-read books about relationships and sexuality written or co-written by Janet, it can be tricky to know where to start. Here are our top four picks:

Topping

Bottoming

The Sexually Dominant Woman

The Ethical Slut

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Dirty Sexy Words – Erotic Slam

Zak Jane Keir of Dirty Sexy Words presents another sizzling lineup of sex bloggers and erotica authors, sharing their latest and hottest scribblings with you.

Appearing: The Other Livvy, Exhibit Unadorned, Meg Philip, Suzanne Portnoy and more.

Come along and have your imagination teased and tantalised. The £5 price per person includes fizz and nibbles!

 

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From Boardroom to Bedroom: Fempire Valentines Special at Sh!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is about to spread its warming wings around us all…

We like a bit of romance just as much as the next person, but for us, self-love is more important and we were delighted when the Fempire Collective asked if we’d be up for celebrating the empowered female self. We jumped at the chance to collaborate with this a group of bright, ambitious women – a perfect partner for us here at Sh!

The end result is a curated event designed to elevate and inspire our fellow women to be as powerful as they want to be:

From Boardroom to Bedroom

On Sunday February 4th, join us at our award-winning erotic boutique in Hoxton for this special pre-Valentine’s Day panel event discussing the fine art of cultivating your confidence as a woman.

Panel discussions, burlesque performances and from Sh!, our own in-house sexuality educator Renee will be sharing her expert knowledge on your orgasmic potential in a fun and playful class dubbed Pussy Power, during which guests will be taken on a guided tour of pleasurable peaks and orgasmic delights.

We’ll be sitting down with a group of fabulous females whose own missions are all about empowering women, breaking the taboo around sex and sexuality, and encouraging confidence in your body, your bedroom and your day to day life: OJ, Jessica Talbot Smith and The Scarlet Ladies.

Before the night is over, guests will be treated to a burlesque performance after which the performer will share how she brings her sexual empowerment into her day-to-day life, as well as how to feel confident in your own body…

Complimentary bubbly and fancies will be served, and Sh! will be kept open exclusively for Fempire attendees to browse with a 20% discount on all purchases made during the evening.

SO SORRY – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Let’s Talk About…Sex Event

Saturday 5th August is a date for your diaries, lovely people. Sh! along with a number of sexperts & professionals working within the sex & sexuality field will be joining Queerlective for what promises to be the Sex Education Revolution!

Let’s Talk About…Sex is an immersive cabaret performance which focuses on every aspect of sex. Enter a world of sex education where you will watch provocative performances, chat to professionals – including our very own Renee – about consent, your rights, the body and much more.

Through immersive art, theatre and music you will be taken on a bold, exciting and informative exploration of all things sex.

Let’s Talk About…Sex is part of TAKEOVER festival for 16-25 year olds.

*This event is for ages 18+ so please make sure you bring ID.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Book Here: Let’s Talk About…Sex

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Erotic Book Reading: Kay Jaybee & K D Grace

Not one, but TWO award-winning authors will be joining us for an evening of sexy stories (from their books) as well as some funny, unsexy stories  (because there are always things that can’t be unseen) on March 24th.

Kay Jaybee & K D Grace; two peas in a pod, real-life BFF’s and wondrous wordsmiths. Longtime fans of both authors, we are beyond thrilled that they’ll be coming along to Sh!

Enjoy a glass of fizz whilst the authors read and recall anecdotes, and make the most of the trip to this beautiful shop by treating yourself to a new erotic book or thrilling plaything…

Date: Friday 24th March

Time: 6.30-8pm

Address: Sh! 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

Price: FREE

Book your ticket here: Eventbrite

 


More about Kay Jaybee

With a background in history and archaeology, Kay Jaybee should be sat in a dusty university library, translating Medieval Latin criminal records, and writing research documents that hardly anyone would want to read. Instead, tucked away in the South West of England, Jenny Kane writes stories with one hand, while teaching creative writing classes for her company, Imagine…, with the other.

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Kay spends most of her time in the local coffee shops, where she wrote the novels, The Perfect Submissive Trilogy – The Perfect Submissive, The Retreat and Knowing Her Place, Making Him Wait, and The Voyeur (Xcite, 2012), as well as the novellas, Wednesday on Thursday,  Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man, Digging Deep, and A Sticky Situation.

Kay has also written seven anthologies and over 150 short erotic stories – she also writes mainstream fiction as Jenny Kane and medieval crime as Jennifer Ash

Details of Kay’s work, past, present and future can be found at www.kayjaybee.me.uk


Wednesday on Thursday

WednesdayThere are rumours that the coffee guy has “a thing” about words.

Shrugging off her friend’s concern about the way the man in the cafe stares at her every lunch hour, Wednesday can’t see how his love of words could possibly be hazardous.

The fact is, Wednesday rather enjoys being the centre of an attractive man’s undivided attention. His dark blue eyes alone have provided her with many delicious erotic fantasies, a welcome distraction from the pressures of the real world and a dull job.

It’s totally harmless…

…until there’s an accident with a cup of coffee.

After soaking Wednesday with a hot latte, the coffee guy’s attention suddenly becomes far more enticing—and dangerous.

Drawn into a bizarre world of human behavioural research, where crosswords are used to initiate sexual experiments, Wednesday finds herself driven, not by a desire to further scientific research, but by the need to be rewarded for her hard work by the coffee guy’s captivating research assistant.

A stunning redhead by the name of Thursday…


The Perfect Submissive

The Perfect Submisive - new ropeHidden behind the Fables Hotel’s respectable facade, five specially adapted rooms wait; ready to cater for the kinky requirements of its guests.

When Mrs Peters, the mistress of the hotel’s exclusive entertainment facility, meets the new booking clerk, Jess Sanders, she instantly recognises the young woman’s potential as a deliciously meek addition to her specialist staff. All it will take is a little education.

Under the tutelage of the dominatrix, Miss Sarah, Jess learns to cope with her unexpected training schedule, the increasingly erotic chill she experiences each time she survives a new level of correction, and a truly sexy exercise routine.

Temporarily distracted from her intimidating rule over Fable’s top floor by an enigmatic artist, Mrs Peters begins to plan how she can secure his obedient assistance, in grooming Jess into the perfect submissive…


More About K D Grace/Grace Marshall

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She loves mythology. She enjoys spending time in the gym – right now she’s having a mad affair with a pair of kettle bells. She loves to read, watch birds and do anything that gets her outdoors.

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KD has erotica published with Totally Bound, SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Sweetmeats Press and others.


Toys for Boys Blurb:

Boys with ToysAlpha nerd Will Charles teams up with Caridoc ‘Doc’ Jones in a coast to coast walk across England reviewing outdoor gift suggestions for the Christmas edition of Toys for Boys—an online magazine dedicated to the latest gadgets to tickle a man’s fancy. Will is recording their adventures with the latest smart phone technology. Doc is reviewing the latest outdoor gear. The two quickly discover the great outdoors provides even better toys for boys, toys best shared al fresco, toys that, in spite of Will’s great camera work, will never be reviewed in Toys for Boys.


In The Flesh Blurb:

kdgrace-itf-finalWhen Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help.


Spaces are limited so make sure to book your place today!

 

 

 

Loyalty Cardholders Event

Loyalty Cardholders Event

Free Entry Event At Sh!

We are excited to announce our upcoming Loyalty Cardholders event! At 57 Hoxton Sq Thursday 23 February

There will be bubbles, cupcakes, incredible gift selections for partners and friends and special discounts too! A great chance to make (and bring!) friends and chat about amazing sex toys in a women-friendly environment.

The vibe will be a thrilling one at 57 Hoxton Sq Thursday 23rd February so don’t miss it.

Smut Slam II – Get Two Free Tickets

Smut Slam II – Get Two Free Tickets

Smut Slam’s first – ever event in London SOLD OUT

Sh! is sponsoring prizes and – for the first time ever – judging in Smut Slam, so we are giving out two free tickets to a lucky winner!

This fast-paced storytelling open mic event is going at it again! Smut Slam is based on real life, real lust, real sex stories.
Join host Cameryn Moore on Wednesday, February 8, at 8pm at the Dogstar in Brixton (389 Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8LQ).

The theme for this SMUT SLAM is “Best Laid Plans,” you know, all those times when you thought you knew how it was going to go down. Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t, but come and find out EITHER WAY.  Or play at the Fuckbucket – a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

Play on this raffle to get them for free!  But hey, if you know you MUST go, buy them at the door or here, for £10!

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