Monday, 11 November 2013

Polari... again!

I recently tried to link to the online version of the Polari Bible, once hosted by the Manchester chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the link I had failed. :o(

I'm pleased to say that today I found out that the 5th edition of the Polari Bible is now available online here:
Back online
again when I checked on 21 January 2016.


UPDATED: 21 January 2016
If you can't get the previous link to work, you can probably still download the whole Polari Bible (5th edition) as a 10Mb pdf from:

According to the history set out in the preface to this edition:

Work on the original King James Bible began early in the 17th century, and it has become a watchword for the majesty and power of its language. Vulgarising it by translating it in to Polari would be an act of cultural vandalism akin to translation in to Scots. But good taste has never yet fettered the Sisters' activities, so we did it anyway.

Besides a phrase like Rom 6:23 -
For the parkering ninty of kertever is carking it* - has a beauty and majesty all of its very own.

* For those of you who are less than fluent in Polari: 'For the wages of sin is death.'

Progress was regularly interrupted by such mundane things as the Polari Mission's project members having to earn a living. However, it is now available for your perusal once more.

Note also that Bona Eek! – The Polari Mission exhibition is on until February 2014 (free!) at the John Ryland’s Library in Manchester (150 Deansgate, M3 3EH).

Other links: - The Abbey of St Joan in Seattle - London - Edinburgh - Sydney


  1. Please note that the Polari Bible now has a new permanent website from which it can be downloaded.

    Best regards.

    Sr. Matic deBauchery