Join us for an evening of short talks and performances about the hidden histories of LGBT people in Wales (and a corner or two of England).
Mike Parker will give us a sneak preview of a work in progress: ‘On the Red Hill’. A celebratory study of the ‘queer rural’ through the true tale of a gay couple, together since 1949, who moved from Bournemouth to mid Wales in 1972. To be published in May 2019 by William Heinemann.
Members of Glitter Cymru, Cardiff’s BAME LGBT social group, will talk about their fabulous short film, made with Iris Outreach. Glitter follows the struggles of a gay asylum-seeker, a non-binary person and a pansexual woman to live their full glittery lives.
This is also a chance to talk about the film that Aberration will be making with Iris.
This will be the Mid Wales launch of historian Norena Shopland’s new book, Forbidden Lives (Seren, £12.99). This is a fascinating and thoroughly researched collection of true stories about the people who came before us in LGBT Wales. Norena will tell us how she decided who to include in the book as well as discussing the difficulties she faced with this groundbreaking project.
We are also holding a Book Club with Enfys Aber at 6pm on 12 Feb to discuss this very book, in Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop!
‘An Extraordinary Female Affection’ – The Life and Love of the Ladies of Llangollen: Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler were two upper-class Irish women who eloped to Wales. But was this an 18th-century romantic friendship, or a prototype lesbian marriage? A lively re-imagining by Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler, in beaver hats.
Tom Marshman returns to Aberration to test out a new piece of theatre in development. The Geoffrey Train explores a chain of criminal cases in Somerset in the 1950s which began with a ‘pretty policeman’ and a young man on a train.
This fabulous event full of new work is going to sell out well before the night so book now to avoid disappointment. See below.
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More events throughout February: LGBT History Month in Aberystwyth>>