By Joe Orton: 

The Complete Plays, Grove Press, 1990

The Orton Diaries, Edited by John Lahr, Harper & Row, 1986

Head to Toe: A Novel & Up Against It: A Screenplay for the Beatles, Da Capo Press, 1998

With Kenneth Halliwell:

Lord Cucumber & The Boy Hairdresser, Methuen, 2001


Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton, John Lahr, Knopf, 1978

Because We’re Queers: The Life and Crimes of Joe Orton and Kenneth Haliwell, Simon Shepherd,1989. Gay Men’s Press

I Had It in Me, Leonie Orton, Quirky Press, 2016

Unspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality, Rachel Hope Cleves, Univeristy of Chicago Press, 2020


Richard Curson Smith, London, March 28, 2022

Simon Shepherd, London, March 28, 2022

Darren Murphy & Nico Rao Pimparé, London, March 29, 2022

Rachel Hope Cleves, Remote, April 12, 2022

John Lahr, London, April 27, 2022

Leonie Orton Barnett, Remote, May 26, 2022

Emma Parker, Remote, August 15, 2022


The Gorilla in the Roses, Hugh Saker, Daily Mirror, May 16, 1962

Ruined Art Books, Unattributed, London Press, May 18, 1962

Joe Has a Colourful Way with Words, Jane Gaskell, Daily Sketch, November 30,1966

Loot Man in Double Death, Unattributed, Evening Standard, August 9th, 1967

Author of Hit Play Murdered by Friend, Roger Todd and Harold Whittall, Daily Mirror, August 10, 1967

£100,000 Loot Author Found Dead, Harry Longmuir, Daily Mail, August 10, 1967

Joe Orton, Master Mickey Taker, Don Short, Daily Mirror, August 10, 1967

Jealousy Theory in Playwright’s Murder, Brian SIlk and Peter Burden, Daily Sketch, August 10,1967

Beatle Music at Joe Orton Cremation, Daily Telegraph, August 19, 1967

Orton Murder Hammer Attack Frenzy, William White, Evening Standard, September 4, 1967

How Joe Orton was Murdered, Evening News, September 4, 1967

Loot Man’s WIll May Be Scrapped by Inquest, Bernard Falk, Daily Mirror, September 5, 1967

Crisis in the Life of Joe Orton’s Flatmate, Islington Gazette, September 8, 1967

Loot Author’s £20,000 Goes to His Father, Daily Mail, November 3, 1968

Price’ is Right for London, Harold Hobson, Christian Science Monitor, March 19, 1969

The Life and Death of Joe Orton, James Fox, The Sunday Times, November 22, 1970

Crimes of Passion, Unattributed, Gay News # 152, 1978

The Bizarre Life and Death of Genius Joe, William Rankine, The News of the World, October 1, 1978

Joe Orton: The Man Who Died of Success, JW Lambert, The Sunday Times, October 8, 1978

The Orton Collection, Islington Gutter Press, April 1981

Entertaining Mr. Orton, Obituary: Margaret Ramsay, David Hare, September 6, 1981

Deface Workers, Christopher Hawtree, Tatler, May 1984

The Importance of Being Joe, Edmund White, The Sunday Times, November 23, 1986

Brief Encounters, Paul Bailey, The Observer, November 9, 1986

The Cold Eye of Joe Orton, Hanif Kureishi, The Guardian, November 7, 1986

Orton’s Cottage Industry, Richard Rayner, Time Out, November 12, 1986

Black Comedy, Unattributed, Vanity Fair, April, 1987

The Fall of an Angry Man, Nicholas de Jongh, The Guardian, April 17, 1987

Orton Revealed, Jonathan Myerson, Drama, Vol.2, 1987

Awful Orton Lives Again, Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail, April 30, 1987

A Guide to the Cottage Industry Inspired by Joe Orton, Miles Kington, Independent, April 1987

Those Awful Orton Diaries, David F. Curtis, Sacred Heart University Review, 7:1, 1987

Joe Orton’s Islington, William Cook, Midweek, August 15, 1991

Tangier Revisited, Bill Kelly, The Orton Society Newsletter, November 1994

The Last Days, Bill Kelly, The Orton Society Newsletter, May 1996

Entertaining Joe: A Personal View, Robert Coupland, The Orton Society Newsletter, February, 1995

Gay Men Need to Talk Straight About Paedophilia, Julie Bindel, The Guardian, March 3, 2001

The Lure of The Sotadic Zone, Kevin Markwell, The Gay & Lesbian Review, exceprt from Haworth Press, 2006

The Emergence of the Paedophile in the Late Twentieth Century, Steven Angelides, Historical Studies, 36:126, 2009

Coming Out of the Dark Ages, Geraldine Bedell, The Guardian, June 24, 2007

The Lost Boys, John Savage, The Guardian, August 30, 2007

Famous Names Whose Final Stop Was Golders Green Crematorium, Andy McSmith, Independent, March 16, 2010

Library Books Defaced by Prankster Playwright Joe Orton Go On Show, Mark Brown, The Guardian, October 11, 2011

How Morocco Became a Haven for Gay Westerners in the 1950s, Richard Hamilton, BBC World Service, October 12, 2014

Gandhi Was a Racist Who Forced Young Girls…, Mayukh Sen, Vice, December 3, 2015

Malicious Damage: Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s Defaced Library Books, Karen Strike, Flashbak, November 2, 2016

Sticky Stories: Joe Orton, Queer History, Queer Dramaturgy, Studies in Theater and Performance, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2017

Introducing Orton: A History and a Historiography, Kate Dorney, Studies in Theater and Performance, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2017

9 August 1967/The Pyjamas, Simon Shepherd, Studies in Theater and Performance, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2017

Missing Diary Pages Could Hold the Clue to Joe Orton’s Murder, Mark Smith, The Herald, August 6, 2017

Joe Orton’s Play Loot to be Staged Uncut 50 Years After Being Censored, Marianna Spring, The Guardian, August 6, 2017

Why I’ll Never Forgive My Brother’s Killer, Mark Smith, The Herald, August 6, 2017

The Death of Joe Orton – Archive, August 1967, Richard Nelsson, The Guardian, August 9, 2017

Jealous TV Producer Unmasked as ‘Second Killer’ of Sixties Playwright Joe Orton, Paddy Dinham, The Daily Mail, November 19, 2017

Up and At ‘Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton, Leon Horton, Erotic Review, January 3, 2018

What the Butler Saw: Joe Orton’s Savage Satire on Rape is as Relevant Now as it was in 1969, Emma Parker, The Conversation, March 4, 2019

Joe Orton: The Life and Death of Leicester’s Greatest Writer…, Ciaran Fagan, The Leicester Mercury, July 25, 2019

Joe Orton Statue Appeal Off to Fantastic Start…, Ciaran Fagan, The Leicester Mercury, August 1, 2019

There’s No Acceptable Face of Paedophilia, Especially Not Joe Orton, Paul T Horgan, The Conservative Woman, August 16, 2019


Joe Orton Laid Bare, Richard Curson Smith, 2017

A Genius Like Us: A Portrait of Joe Orton, Pamela Brighton and Nigel Williams, Arena, 1982

Prick Up Your Ears, Stephen Frears, 1987


Joe Orton Eamon Andrews Interview April 1967

Joe Orton Interviewed by Roland Orton August 2, 1967