Watching the second episode of Prejudice and Pride: A People’s History of LGBTQ Britain (originally broadcast in 2017, but available again for 22 days on iPlayer), was pleasantly surprised to find an extensive segment on the writer Shaun Duggan and his connection to Morrissey.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episo...s-history-of-lgbtq-britain-series-1-episode-2 (from about 34 mins)
Couldn’t find any mention of this online previously, so thought it was worth a thread of its own for some positive content. In Shaun’s own words- “Getting into the Smiths, Morrissey’s lyrics, it’s almost like this person you’ve never met is singing about your life. Instantly, you feel less lonely. I decided to write a play based on one of their songs. I took the song, William, It Was Really Nothing, invented characters around the lyrics, and wrote this short play. And then it was shortlisted, eventually, it was put on at the Royal Court in London. Morrissey got to hear about it, and a letter dropped on the doormat in my old house hat was actually just the beginning of a friendship, and getting to know him”
Also includes some photos-
“This was my idol, my icon. This is the person who gave me hope, who inspired me to write, who made me feel less alone where I lived, just through the sheer power of his music. To me, it didn’t really matter what anybody else thought. Morrissey liked what I wrote, that was the main thing.”