When Quentin Crisp introduced Armistead Maupin to a friend he said: “This is Mr. Maupin. He invented San Francisco.” The US writer won worldwide fame for his classic ‘Tales of the City’ books (which now number nine hugely popular novels) that take readers into the world of Barbary Lane, where the matriarch and landlady Mrs Madrigal presides over a group of friends and lovers in San Francisco – gay, straight, cisgender and transgender. The series of novels were also made into a TV show, which has now been picked up and adapted by Netflix for a new series. His other novels include ‘Maybe the Moon’ (which follows the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood) and ‘The Night Listener’, a psychological suspense novel that was inspired by an eerie episode in his own life. This ultimate storyteller is sure to have many tales to tell when he visits the region, so prepare to be regaled.
Armistead Maupin, Monday 7 October, Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm, £24-£28. sagegateshead.com