Books, Articles, Forewords, Introductions, Dedications

Foreword to Queers in History, 2009

The comprehensive encyclopedia of historically prominent people who were LGBT. Visit the official website.

Foreword to Gods and Monsters: The Shooting Script

by Bill Condon, 2004

2002: Foreword to "The Making of The Lord of the Rings"

The day The Lord of the Rings opened at the Embassy Cinema in New Zealand's capital, Wellingtonians woke to discover that overnight their city had been renamed by government decree. Read More


by Julian Bowsher. ISBN-0-904818-75-6. Museum of London. Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen. A straightforward but excellent account of the discoveries made during the excavation, written by the Site Director. Clearly written, beautifully illustrated and jargon-free.

William Shakespeare's Richard III:

a screenplay written by Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine, annotated and introduced by Ian McKellen: published by Doubleday, a division of Transworld Publishers Ltd: 1996

FAMILY OUTING: a guide for parents of gays, lesbians and bisexuals: foreword by Ian McKellen: published by Peter Owen: 1995

Gay Letters

selected & edited by James Jolly and Estelle Kohler: foreword by Ian McKellen, published by Marginalia Press: 1995

STONEWALL 25: The Making of the Lesbian and Gay Community in Britain: contributors - Pam St.Clement, Angela Mason, Ian McKellen, Chris Smith M.P., Simon Watney, Elizabeth Wilson and others: edited by Emma Healy and Angela Mason: published Virago Press: 1994

The Right to Speak: Working With the Voice

by Patsy Rodenburg, 1993

1992: Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor

Foreword by Ian McKellen. Read More

For Ian Charleson: a Tribute



Melvyn Bragg's illustrated biography of Laurence Olivier based on wide-ranging conversations is dedicated "For Ian McKellen": published by Hutchinson & Co. Ltd: 1984. 

Armistead Maupin's novel SURE OF YOU, the sixth in his Tales of the City series, is dedicated"For Ian McKellen": published by Harper and Row: 1989.

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