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‘A Home for My Heart’ film

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2.30pm Sunday 26 March, Aberystwyth Arts Centre: WOW Film Festival matinee

Come and watch A Home for My Heart, a sensitive documentary portrait of Suvana Sudeb, an Indian trans woman – her life with her family, friends, lover and fellow activists. Hour-long film directed by Sankhajit Biswas. Plus short.

After the film, Helen Sandler of Aberration will be chairing a Q&A in which the star and director will beam in from India to answer your questions!

Find out more and book your tickets at Aberystwyth Arts Centre >>

Full festival programme >>

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Book launch ~ Chase of the Wild Goose

Relaunching this novel about the Ladies of Llangollen: ‘A fascinating piece of queer literary history’ – Sarah Waters

Wed 12/4/23, doors 6pm, onstage 7.15pm, Bank Vault.

We are pleased to have made an arrangement with Bank Vault bar in Aberystwyth to host a series of smaller events over spring and summer in this lovely venue. We kick off with this unusual book launch where publisher D-M Withers will tell us about the reissue of Chase of the Wild Goose by Mary Gordon, who died in 1941.

But why let the little matter of a dead author get in the way? Jane Hoy of Queer Tales from Wales will play Mary Gordon for the night, reflecting on the profound effect of the Ladies of Llangollen on her life. As she writes: “Early one silvery blue morning I met them on the hillside above Plas Newydd, sitting by the path with their dog Chance. Quite clear and alive. Nothing ghostlike.”

Come early to get a good seat and enjoy some craft beer (or cider, wine or pink lemonade?) and good conversation before the main event. Please support Bank Vault in exchange for them supporting us! They have offered the venue to us for free which means we can make this first event FREE for you too!

Access: Disabled access by side door which bar staff will need to open for you. Let us know if you would like us to meet you outside at a specific time. Accessible toilet.

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Dreaming Up The Past

Bringing LGBTQ+ histories to life

Our tenth LGBTQ+ History Month! At Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 18 February 2023. Workshop, cafe, and evening event.

Supported by Aberystwyth University & National Library of Wales

Workshop

Please note: Proud Writing Workshop with Norena Shopland at 2pm has now sold out.

Dinner

5.30 to 6.30pm: All welcome to eat together in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Café – pay as you go. Let us know if you want us to reserve a place in our space by emailing aberrationcymru@gmail.com

Dreaming Up the Past – The main event!

Tocynnau >> Tickets >> £10 / £8

Take your seats from 6.45pm with a welcome at 7pm from your host Helen Sandler.

Cerys Hafana – live music

Cerys Hafana (by Heledd Wynn)

Cerys Hafana is top of the bill! Cerys is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Machynlleth who mangles, mutates, and transforms traditional music. She explores the creative possibilities and unique qualities of the triple harp, and is also interested in found sounds, archive materials and electronic processing. Her latest release, Edyf, was Folk Album of the Month in the Guardian.

Especially for Aberration, Cerys has created ‘Queer as Folk’, by interviewing other LGBTQ+ musicians from around the UK and will be playing clips from these interviews as well as singing and playing live for us. A work in progress that has never been heard before!

“Cerys Hafana’s sound is simultaneously ancient in feel and yet impossibly, intriguingly modern. It is also in a field of its own; there is nothing else quite like this” – folkradio.co.uk

“Raw power” – Songlines

“A master of the Welsh triple harp… Hafana also sings movingly, her high voice like an indie-pop soprano shorn of its sweetness.” – Guardian

Behind the Lens – film and Q&A

Ysbrydion

Screening of Ysbrydion (Spirits) (Welsh with English subtitles), a stunning new short documentary by award-winning film director Amy Daniel. The film features four people sharing their experiences of growing up LGBTQ+ in rural Wales, imaginatively projected into the landscape. Followed by a panel discussion with Amy and participants.

Beloved – lesbian art

Sarah-Joy Ford

Sarah-Joy Ford will talk about her 2022 solo show Beloved: Crafting Intimacies with the Ladies of Llangollen at Plas Newydd. Created after a period of residency, the site-specific embroidered intervention was inspired by the deep and lifelong intimate relationship between the Ladies and the extraordinary home that they created together from 1780.

Sarah-Joy Ford is an artist researcher working with textiles to explore the complexities and pleasures of queer communities, histories and archives.

Tocynnau >> Tickets >>

The Lost Knitters of Tregaron – live theatre

Ruth Fowler as Cranogwen

The Lost Knitters take time out from their hard lives gathering wool, spinning and knitting to tell the story of their lives. Times are changing and they gossip about two local girls who cross-dress and have been immortalised in the street-corner ballad ‘Wel Lanciau’. 

Then Sarah-Jane Rees – often known by her bardic name Cranogwen – visits to answer their questions. Wondering what to do with your life? Cranogwen has the answer!

Cranogwen (1839-1916) was a writer, sailor, lecturer, and editor of the women’s magazine Y Frythones. Her relationships with women sustained and inspired her. She comes back to life this evening for your edification and delight.

Donations

Please bring cash for donations to AllOut, the international campaigning network that supports LGBTQ+ people wherever their rights and safety are threatened.

Croeso cynnes

All welcome. The evening is suitable for adults and young people interested in LGBTQ+ lives and history. Aberration is a trans-positive space. Event partly in English, partly in Welsh with English subtitles. The venue has good disabled access.

Book now!

Tickets >>

Tocynnau >>

Cefnogir gan / Supported by

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Cabarration Returns!

19/11/22 Cabarration: Aberration’s sparkling LGBT+ cabaret night storms back onto the stage at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Comedy, music, dance, drag kings and more! All welcome. £14 (£10 concessions).

Tocynnau >> // Tickets on sale now from Aberystwyth Arts Centre >>

Starring: Sian Davies, Welsh Ballroom Community, Mr Brake Down, Misha & The Kings, Jane Campbell… plus raffle and surprises, all hosted by Helen Sandler.

ARTISTS

Sian Davies (by Andy Hollingworth)

Sian Davies is a comedian, MC, presenter and writer from the North West of England. We loved her show at L Fest and are delighted she accepted our invitation to come to Aberystwyth for Cabarration! Sian’s droll observational material puts an insightful spin on the everyday. She is the driving force behind sell out fringe phenomenons Best in Class and Comedy Queers. She is working class and queer, and fiercely proud of belonging to both communities.

“A very funny observational stand-up … imagine a queer Peter Kay with more emotional literacy and a quiff like young Morrissey.”

Welsh Ballroom Community

Welsh Ballroom Community put on a stunning show of dancing and voguing at the National Eisteddfod and we are thrilled that some of the troupe will be with us at Cabarration. You may have heard of queer ballroom culture via Drag Race or the TV drama Pose, or perhaps you are sufficiently seasoned to remember the 80s documentary Paris is Burning and the dancers in Madonna’s Vogue. But now, the revival has reached Cymru! The Welsh Ballroom Community has received international recognition since its creation in Cardiff during lockdown in 2020. Founded by Leighton Rees and supported by Kyle London Tisci from The Impeccable Haus Of Tisci, the community has evolved into a vibrant celebration of queer identity in Wales. Aberystwyth, get ready!

Read more: https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/55897/1/welsh-ballroom-community-scene-leighton-wall

Instagram: @welshballroomcommunity

Misha & The Kings

Misha and the Kings are a fabulous Aberystwyth four-piece rock band, ready to whisk you away to escapism in its truest form! They have firmly put their stamp on a few classics, sprinkled with their own brand of energy, attitude and sparkle. Expect to be surprised, expect to get dancing. Their recent gigs at Bank Vault proved they are not to be missed. Special guest appearance, Doja Deluxe. Facebook >>

Jane Campbell

Jane Campbell (known to her friends as Maj) is a familiar face to Aberration audiences after wowing us with her spoken-word performances before lockdown. Now she’s back with some spellbinding new work, having recently won the 2022 Disability Arts Cymru creative writing award. In 2021, Jane also won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize with her debut collection Slowly as Clouds published by Indigo Dreams:   www.indigodreamspublishing.com/jane-campbell

Jane’s poem ‘The Gardener’ was featured on BBC Wales programme Giants in the Sky, and she performed at the first-ever Powys Pride this summer. For the past twenty years, Jane has lived happily in a handmade home as part of an off-grid community in West Wales.

https://janecampbellpoetry.wixsite.com/mysite Insta jane_campbell_poet Twitter @maj_ikle

Mr Brake Down

Mr Brake Down is an AFAB drag king originally from Cardiff, who now resides in the beautiful city of Chester. When he’s not charming crowds with impersonations of obscure celebrities like Tom Waits and Joe Exotic, Brake can be found sporting sinister gothic fashions, glitzy showbiz get-ups and singing his heart out to lively crowds. Whether it’s comedy, hosting, music or merriment, Mr Brake Down has exactly what you need to drag up your life. 

Instagram: @mrbrakedown  Web: https://mrbrakedownbooking.wixsite.com/mrbrakedown 

TICKETS

Host Helen Sandler

Book your tickets now – limited numbers for this once-only show. Suggested age 16+ as there may be some adult material in our fabulous queer cabaret.

TICKETS: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/cy/music/cabarration-returns

ETHOS

Cabarration is a cabaret show to celebrate LGBTQIA* performers and community. As always, Aberration puts on welcoming and inclusive events, and aims for an anti-racist, trans-inclusive space, with good disabled access. Everyone is welcome as long as you love the big rainbow umbrella as much as we do! So in answer to a question we get asked, yes our straight friends and audience are very welcome. And so are those who are still unsure or don’t like labels. Do bring your friends and family and do have a great night!**

* lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual.

** Mwahhh we love you all dahhhlings!

Tickets >>

Summer Sizzlers

Aberration Summer Sizzlers:
Queer History Walk & Beach Picnic
Sat 20/8/22

Dewch i ymuno â ni – dau digwyddiad gwych yn Aber!

TWO GREAT EVENTS ON 20 AUGUST 2022

EVENING

BEACH PICNIC – JUST TURN UP!

7pm onwards on Aberystwyth South Beach near The Hut refreshment stand – look out for the rainbow flags and join the fun! Just turn up (no booking). Bring your own picnic. All LGBTQ+ people and their supportive friends and families welcome. If you are under 16 then your parent or carer needs to be with you.

Join the Facebook event page for updates >>

AFTERNOON

QUEER HISTORY WALK – SOLD OUT!

Manylion (Cymraeg) >> Wedi gwerthu allan!

Profits to AllOut – the grassroots campaigning charity for LGBT+ people worldwide.

Meet 2.30pm at The Bank Vault bar, 1 New Street, Aberystwyth for a guided walk around the town led by Jane Hoy of Aberration & Queer Tales from Wales. Fascinating stories of the queer history of Aber and the people who lived and worked here.

More info>>

Ceredigion Cwiar

Aberration yn cyfwyno Ceredigion Cwiar yn yr Eisteddfod Ceredigion: Tregaron, Dydd Gwener 5 Awst 2022. 6.30pm. Maes D {Scroll down for English}

Gyda’r awdur a’r darlledwr Mike Parker

Yn cynnwys…

Plethiad o ganeuon a straeon gan Nyddwyr Coll Tregaron

Holi’r Colofnydd Gofidau gyda’r bardd Cranogwen

Lleisiau Cwiar o Dregaron – gosodiad sain gyda Ruth Fowler a’i ffrindiau

Ailddarganfod baled o’r 1870au am ferched sy’n hoffi merched wedi gwisgo fel bechgyn…

Heb anghofio Mermerings – Izzey Rabey a Molly McBreen yn cyfuno Hip Hop, Pync a Gwerin

https://eisteddfod.cymru/

Cefnogir gan Prifysgol Aberystwyth

ENGLISH:

Aberration presents ‘Ceredigion Cwiar’ (‘Queer Ceredigion’) in Welsh at the National Eisteddfod Ceredigion: Tregaron, Friday 5 August 2022. 6.30pm. Maes D (Learners’ Tent)

With stories of the Lost Knitters of Tregaron, answers to your problems from the poet Cranogwen (played by Ruth Fowler, pictured), new short film of queer rural voices (dir. Amy Daniel), and live music from hip-hop / punk / folk duo Mermerings. Compered by writer and broadcaster Mike Parker. See you there!

https://eisteddfod.wales/

Supported by Aberystwyth University

Diary Dates

DIARY DATES for ABERRATION! The crew have been making plans for fab events for you all to come along to.

The Mermerings

5/8 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol: Ceredigion Cwiar (‘Queer Ceredigion’ @ National Eisteddfod) Featuring The Mermerings (pictured), Mike Parker, & new ‘Queer Voices’ film. Tregaron.

20/8 Summer Sizzlers: Queer History Walk round Aberystwyth (ticketed) led by Jane Hoy, followed by Aberration Beach Party (free & unticketed). Info>>

Queer History Walk pic by Heather Broster

19/11 Cabarration Returns! Our LGBT+ cabaret night storms back onto the stage at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. More details coming soon!

Banners & Ballads

Saturday 26 March 2022, 5.30pm to 9pm, Aberration presents: Banners & Ballads, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio £10 / £8

[EVENT IN PAST]

Dathlu Hanes LHDT // Celebrating LGBT+ History

Fascinating and fun readings, talks, videos and surprises. Hear Jeffrey Weeks chatting about his radical youth in the Gay Liberation Front, Jane Traies reading from her sexy sapphic version of the French Revolution, and the first exclusive recording of a raunchy queer ballad from centuries ago, rediscovered in 2022!

Hosted by Helen Sandler in the Performance Studio (aka Round Room). We are trying to be covid-aware and expect about 30 people at distanced tables with windows open 🙂 We recommend everyone takes a covid test at home before attending.

BOOK NOW: Tickets >> Tocynnau >>

Estimated timings 5.30pm to 9pm with long interval at 6.30 for you to buy a meal in the cafe or drinks in the bar and have a chat, plus: Meet the authors: Book signings.
Raffle tickets in aid of AllOut, focusing on queer refugees from Ukraine https://campaigns.allout.org/ukraine-fundraiser

Programme

5.30 Choice of ice-breakers with our friendly crowd:

1. Queer Museum: bring an object you would put in a queer museum and meet curator Mark Etheridge.

2. Sloganising: If Aberration makes its own banner, what slogan should we use? (You can sit down with a felt tip if chatting’s not your thing.)

3. In the Pink: take a look at the mini banners we made in Sarah-Joy Ford’s workshop last month – if you took part then please bring your banner!

  Welcome – host Helen Sandler

Pride is a Protest – the inspired folk who took part in the banner workshop say a few words about their artwork.

Liberty! Jane Traies reads from her wonderful new lesbian historical novel  Liberty (Tollington Press). ‘A compelling, spellbinding historical romance’ – VG Lee. Published under the name Jay Taverner – the pseudonym for Jane and her co-author Jacky Bratton. Their novels stretch across space and time, but all have a connection to Brynsquilver, an ancient cottage in the Shropshire countryside, close to the Welsh border. Liberty brings together sailor girls, French aristocrats and revolution. When Rebecca ‘Jude’ Wiston breaks from her puritanical family in Salem, Massachusetts in 1789, she little knows the passions and dangers that await her. @JayTaverner

Crossdressing women: Norena Shopland, author of A History of Women in Men’s Clothes (Pen and Sword) brings to life fascinating stories from the past with an illustrated talk. Norena is like the keeper of the LGBT+ history of Wales! @NorenaShopland

Billie-Gina Thomason (above) on queer ballads – a specially filmed talk about her analysis of queer ballads from England and the light they shine on undocumented lives. Billie-Gina is an academic at Liverpool John Moores University with a special interest in gender identity. She can’t be with us in person but we’re so glad we’ve found a way for her to share her work with you all. @Billie_Gina

The New Old Ballad: Norena tells how a queer ballad in the Welsh language, ‘Lanciau Bro Gwalia’, has been thrillingly rediscovered in the archives – with exclusive new recording by Cerys Hafana, plus new English translation, ‘Lads of Fair Walia’.

Tickets >> Tocynnau >>

Mark Etheridge

Sloganising aloud: sharing our ideas for Aberration slogans

Mark Etheridge of National Museum of Wales updates us on the queer collection he is gathering for the nation with help from the LGBT+ community of Cymru. @CuratorMark

Much-loved and inspiring writer Jeffrey Weeks chats about his packed life and his new autobiography Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys (Parthian), with our homegrown historian Paddy O’Malley. Emerging from the intense and thrilling (and sexy) gay rights movement of the 1970s, Jeffrey brought radical sexual politics to sociology.

Jane Hoy introduces Ceredigion Museum’s story project and plays our Lesberados song, as recorded by Aberrationistas in lockdown!

Raffle draw for All Out Raffle in aid of AllOut with first prize of magnum of champagne generously donated by Bottle & Barrel bar. Scroll down to read about their exciting plans for the future! Plus more prizes including speciality gin, magnum of prosecco, and signed novels by Jay Taverner.

Aberration returns to real life with tonight’s packed bill. BRING CASH! You will want to buy raffle tickets and signed books!

Tickets on sale now from Aberystwyth Arts Centre>>

Sponsors and supporters

A big thank you to our main sponsor, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University. This event wouldn’t have been possible without their generous support.

We would also like to thank Bottle and Barrel for the raffle prize. Bottle and Barrel are a craft beer bar located in Aberystwyth and are big friends of the LGBT community. They have just announced a new live music and events venue opening in Aberystwyth too, The Bank Vaults. This will be opening within the next month or so and we hope to do some fab collab events with them there in the future. Thank you to Zac and all the Bottle and Barrel team.

~ Spirit of Aberration ~

Come along in the spirit of Aberration – queer arts, activism, community and diversity. We are (of course) trans-inclusive and anti-racist. You are welcome whether you are lesbian, gay or bi, trans, genderqueer or non-binary, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual… or an open-minded ally! Yes that absolutely includes straight friends 🙂 so stop wondering and come along!

Aberration’s 2020 History Walk (Cath photographed by Heather Broster)

The Long LGBT+ History Month: an exciting programme of events – in real life! – in February and March 2022, organised by Aberration and/or our partner venues

PAST EVENTS

Sat 12 February 2.30pm Best of Iris short films, Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema

Seven award-winning short films from the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have been chosen to tour the UK in 2022. https://irisprize.org/film/aberystwyth-aberystwyth-arts-centre/?t=f&cat=204&prog=1&i=18650

Tickets on sale now from Aberystwyth Arts Centre: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/cinema/iris-move-15

Sat 12 February 7pm Rebel Dykes (18), Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn

A rabble-rousing documentary telling the story of a community of lesbians in 1980s post-punk London, and how they went on to change their world. Bring a photo of yourself in the 80s / early 90s (if you were around) and share your memories of how to be a rebel! Bar open before and after the film, with cocktail menu, and 80’s music on blast! Hosted by Helen & Jane.

Magic Lantern event details: https://www.tywyncinema.co.uk/rebel-dykes
Tickets: https://magiclantern.admit-one.co.uk/

Film info & trailer https://www.rebeldykes1980s.com/
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/258620283023059

Saturday 26 February 1–3pm Pride is a Protest – a banner making workshop, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Tickets £5/3. Led by Sarah-Joy Ford (pictured)

A workshop inspired by queer activism, visual culture and community story telling.   

In this workshop you will be able to tell your own queer story, share a memory, protest or idea, as you create your own mini LGBTQ+ textile banner which can be hung on a dowling rod ready to be marched with or hung up. You’ll be using heat bond applique, hand stitching techniques and tassel making. No previous experience necessary. Sarah-Joy is an artist and researcher – you can see her work at: www.sarahjoyford.com

Limited numbers. Tickets on sale now from Aberystwyth Arts Centre: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/talks-spoken-word/aberration-pride-protest-banner-making-workshop

And stay for the film…

Sat 26 February 4pm, Rebel Dykes (18), Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema

https://www.rebeldykes1980s.com/

A rabble-rousing documentary telling the story of a community of lesbians in 1980s post-punk London, and how they went on to change their world. Followed by discussion led by Helen Sandler of Aberration, with rebel dyke poet Jane Campbell (known to her friends as Maj) and subversive stitcher Sarah-Joy Ford (who is leading the above workshop before the film, ticketed separately).

Trailer: https://www.rebeldykes1980s.com/

SPECIAL OFFER

Mention Aberration to get discounted £5 tickets when booking on phone or in person at Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 01970 62 32 32
https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/cinema/rebel-dykes-discussion-18

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CALENDAR

FEBRUARY
Sat 12 February
• 2.30pm Best of Iris award-winning LGBT+ short films, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
• 7pm Rebel Dykes film, Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn
Sat 26 February
• 1pm Aberration Workshop: Pride is a Protest – banner-making with Sarah-Joy Ford, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
• 4pm Rebel Dykes film + Q&A, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
MARCH
Sat 26 March
5.30pm Aberration presents Banners & Ballads: an evening of talks, readings and surprises.

Between the Lines

[PAST EVENT]

Aberration online for LGBT+ History Month UK: talks, music, poetry & our cult quiz!

BETWEEN THE LINES

7pm to 9.30pm Fri 26 Feb 2021

Many thanks to our amazing contributors and audience for an intense night of talks, info, sharing, solidarity, poems, song, chat and quizzicality! Here are some links (in red) to find out more:

Check out the English translation of the verses recited by Rhys.

Jane Traies and Maggy Moyo talked about LISG (Lesbian Immigration Support Group) and their new book, Free to Be Me – mention Aberration to order your copy at a discount!

Chris Lee from the Romani Cultural and Arts Company in Cardiff told us about the new Gypsy, Roma and Traveller LGBTQI+ Spoken History Archive.

Cheryl Morgan has written a special blog post with more about the quest for Trans Celts.

Norena Shopland launched her new Welsh Pride timeline as an e-mag.

We heard music from Cerys Hafana whose new album Cwmwl is available now.

And watch this space for more about queering the museums of Cymru!

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These event details are here as part of our archive but the event has now passed. 

Join us on a voyage through history, from antiquity to our own lifetimes! As we can’t manage to celebrate LGBT+ History Month and International Women’s Day separately this year in the Weird Times, we’re unashamedly biased towards women speakers for this special event.

7pm CROESO / WELCOME from co-host Ruth Fowler, followed by…

Cheryl Morgan speaking on ‘Trans People in Celtic Britain’. This talk will look at the evidence for Gender Diversity in early Britain, from the Roman invasion through to the legends of King Arthur. Cheryl is a writer, critic and publisher with a strong interest in the history of trans people. She is co-chair of OutStories Bristol, and is a regular speaker on the LGBT+ History Month circuit. (In fact, that’s where we met her and first dreamed of inviting her to Aberration.)

7.30pm Norena Shopland launches her Welsh Pride timeline e-mag along with our co-host Jane Hoy. Norena has been an inspiration to the rest of us as we dig into the LGBTQ+ history of Wales. Now she’s about to make that history even more accessible with this new treasure trove. Norena is also the author of lively and informative books like Forbidden Lives: LGBT Stories from Wales. DOWNLOAD THE E-MAG NOW! https://www.rctpride.com/welsh-pride-timeline/

Mark Etheridge from St Fagans (National Museum of History, Amgueddfa Cymru) will tell us about his mission to queer up the archive. As curator of LGBTQ+ history, he is keen to include Mid Wales. As well as objects, documents and photographs, Mark is collecting oral histories.

Discussion: What would you put in a queer museum and why? Bring along your object and let’s chat in smaller groups (or just listen if you prefer).

Tickets on Eventbrite>>

8pm Jane Traies is the editor of new book Free to Be Me: Refugee Stories – interviews with members of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) in Manchester. Jane previously spoke to us about Now You See Me, her volume of oral history interviews with older lesbians. She has spent the last year working with LISG members (and our own Helen Sandler) to produce this moving and important new collection.

BOOK OFFER: Free to Be Me is out soon from Tollington Press. Mention Aberration for a £2 discount when you pre-order direct from Jane: nowyouseeme@btinternet.com (reduced to £10 + postage).

Maggy Moyo is a contributor to the book and will share a journey of self-discovery. Maggy fled  from her highly conservative home country in Africa to the UK. The attitude of the authorities here to lesbian asylum seekers has caused further distress to herself and her friends in the Lesbian Immigration Support Group. Maggy is a tireless human rights campaigner and works for Right to Remain, campaigning to end immigration detention in the UK.

8.30pm The Romani Cultural and Arts Company in Cardiff recently launched their Gypsy, Roma and Traveller LGBTQI+ Spoken History Archive. Chris Lee will tell us about this exciting collection of interviews and the social movement behind it. Chris is a community champion and researcher at the company, and conducted the oral history project with Isaac Blake and Daniel Baker. In 2019 she spoke at the Senedd at the first GRT LGBTQI+ conference in the UK. 

Ruth Fowler

9pm Ruth Fowler presents her cult quiz: ‘Who Wants to Win Three Quid When This Is All Over?’ with a special queer history focus.

9.20pm Jane Hoy then presents ‘Out In Aber’ – our contribution to the new Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum virtual tour:

Rosie Collins, a retired top international scientist, and Sara McAleese, a very short midwife from Somerset, together founded the mythical ‘Wrecked@TheBoatClub’. This monthly night out for all kinds of queer women, in a dilapidated old building on Aberystwyth harbour, is now memorialised on audio.

Followed by ‘Lesberados’ lyrics from our previous oral history workshop about Wrecked – now put to music by talented musician Cerys Hafana.

Jane Hoy (second from right) with the crew, including Sara and Rosie, at last year’s tour from the museum

+ MORE:

Interludes: favourite tracks for you to sing along or have a bop.

Queer poems from Wales: read by Rhys Lewis.

Closing toast around 9.30pm

BOOK NOW on Eventbrite>>

Suggested ticket donation between £1 and £5 (goes towards event costs). This is an online event. Book one ticket per device, eg if two of you are watching on one laptop, book one ticket. Zoom link will be sent to you on the day. Above timings are approximate.

~ Spirit of Aberration ~

Come along in the spirit of Aberration – queer arts, activism, community and diversity. We are (of course) trans-inclusive and anti-racist. You are welcome whether you are lesbian, gay or bi, trans, genderqueer or non-binary, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual… or an open-minded ally! Yes that absolutely includes straight friends 🙂 so stop wondering and come along!