Harry Potter, Madonna and Mental Health: An Evening with Matthew Todd

Our outgoing Attitude editor, Matthew Todd, travels around the UK this week and next to discuss his experience of 20 years of working at Attitude, eight years of editing it and issues surrounding his critically acclaimed new call-to-arms book Straight Jacket: How to be Gay and Happy. Matthew will be visiting Waterstones branches in Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brighton and Leeds where he’ll be discussing his 8 years of editing the UK’s best-selling gay magazine including the moments that were most significant to him. These include how he won the trust of Madonna, how he had to fight to get David Cameron to pose for the cover of Attitude, how attitude’s shoot with Daniel Radcliffe made him realise he had a problem and how he was called upon to advise a closeted sports star how to potentially come out of the closet. He’ll also be discussing Attitude’s current historic cover shoot with Prince William. Matthew will be signing copies and talking about why he wrote his new book Straight Jacket, which the newspaper calls ‘essential’ and Ireland’s GCN news calls ‘brilliant’. In Straight Jacket he discusses his own experience of mental health issues arising from growing up in the closet and most importantly how he began to overcome them. Straight Jacket final cover   Details of Matthew's UK tour are below: MANCHESTER Waterstones, 91 Deansgate. Tuesday, 5th July, 7pm. Entry £5 or £15 with a copy of Straight Jacket LIVERPOOL Waterstones Liverpool, 12 College Lane Wednesday 6th July, 630pm Entry £5 or £15 with a copy of Straight Jacket GLASGOW Waterstones 174 – 176 Argyle St, Glasgow City Centre, Thursday 7th July 7pm Free Entry EDINBURGH Waterstones, West End, 128 Princes St Friday 8th July, 6pm BRIGHTON Waterstones, Brighton, 71 – 74 North Street. Wednesday 13th July, 730pm Tickets: £2 LEEDS Waterstones Leeds, 93 – 97 Albion St. Thursday 14th July Read reviews of Straight Jacket over at iNews, the London Evening Standard and i-D.