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Between the Lines

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


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!


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!

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: (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


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

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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!

Aberration Pride

7pm Saturday 18 July 2020 online

Aberration Pride: A great night in for the LGBT+ community of Mid Wales and our friends! Music, comedy, drag, spoken word, speakers, contests, dancing + more

This fab sold-out event is now over and is included here as part of our archive.


After running a series of low-key Aberration Adre (Aberration at Home) events, we are delighted to announce the first-ever Aberration Pride! Cyffrous!

Author Mike Parker will open the event followed by amazing acts including gender-bending lip-sync from Rhys’s Pieces, queer comedy from Shelf, spoken word from Dean Atta, music from Zoey Allen, Toby Carvery’s Good Dog Show, and the return of the cult quiz ‘Who Wants to Win Three Quid When This Is All Over?’ with Ruth Fowler (who co-hosts the evening with Helen Sandler and Jane Hoy).

We will hear inspiring words about Pride and LGBT+ rights from activists including Laolu Alatise, Aled Gustafson and Kate Rose. We also hope to hear from friends in Poland.


Pride from your sofa

Take part or take a back seat, but take pride! There’ll be a Virtual Pride March and lots of chances for you to have a bop.

We’re showcasing artists and speakers from near and far. And if you’ve never managed to travel to Aberystwyth for Aberration, now’s your chance to ‘be part of the queer arts scene that’s taking Mid Wales by storm’. (DIVA)

Bring your dog (real or stuffed) for a chance to enter Toby’s Good Dog Show


Please join us at Aberration Pride! Tickets are free on Eventbrite but we’ll be suggesting good causes for you to make donations if you can afford it. You’ll see instructions for how to get the Zoom link after you register. See you soon! Edrych ymlaen!

You can also join the Facebook event page to stay in the loop >>

~ 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! This online event is aimed at people aged 16+ and includes adult themes.

International Women’s Day 2020 ~ ‘Our Voices, Our Lives’ evening

Aberystwyth 7 March 2020

Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod 7 Mawrth

Shrouk dancing with rainbow flag
Shrouk El Attar performs her ‘Dancing Queer’ act
Photo: @Diego_Maeso_ 

Celebrate International Women’s Day (a day early) on Saturday 7 March with a sparky and inspiring evening of talks, discussion and live music! At Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Organised in partnership by Aberration / SpringOut, Aberystwyth University and WEN Wales.

English details below // Cymraeg >>

6 to 10pm
Our Voices, Our Lives

Talks and live performance to challenge, dazzle and inspire. Hosted by Helen Sandler. £7 / £5 (concessions) – your ticket is for the whole evening. TICKETS>>

6pm Panel discussion on the theme ‘Speak Up’: amplifying crucial issues affecting women’s lives in Wales and beyond. How can campaigners be heard and be effective? With activists Maria Mesa, Leena Sarah Farhat and Shrouk El-Attar. Read more about speakers >>

8pm Live performance

Shrouk El-Attar’s gyrating and gender-bending Dancing Queer (pictured, top) brings us magic tricks and Egyptian belly-dancing. Plus beautiful live music from Louise and the Feathers, whose second EP is now in progress; and truth-telling poetry from Kittie Belltree whose new collection Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks came out recently from Parthian. Read more about performers >>

Evening open to everyone interested in women’s equality, whatever your gender (women, men, non-binary – all welcome). Events mainly in English. Age guidance 14+. Programme has changed slightly since we printed our leaflets due to unforeseen circumstances.

TICKETS: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970 62 32 32

WORKSHOPS: Earlier the same day we are running an afternoon of creative workshops for women. Release your inner rock star with our ‘Encore’ music session run by The Rock Project, or make your own zine with artist Nicky Arscott. More about workshops here>>

Women’s Equality Network Wales Cymru
Prifysgol Aberystwyth University

LGBT History Month / Mis Hanes LHDT 2020

FORGOTTEN STARS ~ Aberration, Saturday 8 February 2020 / Dydd Sadwrn 8 Chwefror 2020

Scroll down for details in English (pink) and Cymraeg (melyn). Digwyddiadau yn Saesneg yn bennaf / Events mostly in English.

SARAH JANE REES (‘Cranogwen’, 1839 – 1916)
bardd, golygydd, a sefydlydd ‘Merched y De’ // poet, navigator, schoolteacher, editor

1.30 to 3.30pm [SOLD OUT] LGBT+ History Walk around
Aberystwyth. Meet at Ceredigion Museum where your guide, Jane Hoy of Living Histories Cymru, will take you on a tour round Aberystwyth meeting LGBT+ characters from the past, from Sarah Jane Rees to Goronwy Rees. Expect the unexpected! All welcome. (Indoors at museum if too wet or windy.) Limited to 20 places. SOLD OUT.

1.30-3.30 yh [WEDI GWERTHU ALLAN] Taith Gerdded yn olrhain hanes pobl LGBTQ Aberystwyth. Fel rhan o ddathliadau mis dathlu Hanes LGBT, ymunwch â ‘Hanesion Byw Cymru’ ar daith gerdded o amgylch Aberystwyth a dewch i gyfarfod â rhai o bobl LBGT mwyaf dylanwadol hanes y dref, pobl sydd bron wedi mynd yn angof. Man cyfarfod – Amgueddfa Ceredigion. WEDI GWERTHU ALLAN.

Yasmin Begum

4.30 to 6pm Workshop at Aberystwyth Arts Centre:
Yasmin Begum is a writer, artist and activist from Cardiff. As a member of the 1919 Race Riots collective she will run a zine-making workshop delving into exciting ideas of Welsh identity, language, history and cultural memory with an emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility. (Zines are creative / lo-fi magazines or booklets.) Meet at Box Office at 4.20pm to go to Creative Studios 5&6 (silver pod). £5 / £3. WORKSHOP TICKETS>>

4.30-6 yh Gweithdy: Mae Yasmin Begum yn ysgrifennwr, artist ac actifydd o Gaerdydd. Bydd hi’n cynnal gweithdy gwneud zine, gan ymchwilio a syniadau cyffrous o hunaniaeth Gymreig, iaith, hanes a chof diwylliannol gyda phwyslais ar gynwysoldeb a hygyrchedd. (Mae zines yn gylchgronau neu lyfrynnau creadigol/lo-fi.) Cwrdd yn y Swyddfa docynnau am 4.20 yh i fynd i stiwdios creadigol 5 i 6 (pod arian). £5/£3. TOCYNNAU>>


Alison Child (R) and Rosie Wakley

7.45pm Aberration presents: ‘Forgotten Stars’ evening at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Studio) [Cymraeg isod] Lively talks, songs and stories of LGBT+ history. TICKETS £10 / £8 (concs).

In a special presentation, Yasmin Begum (who is also leading a workshop, above) will use the lens of the 1919 race riots to shine a light on black and minority ethnic communities and queer people of colour in Wales. With film clips and discussion.

Alison Child will talk about the research for her new biography ‘Tell Me I’m Forgiven’, about the once-famous music hall duo (and romantic pairing) Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney. Ali and her partner Rosie Wakley will treat us to some of the songs that Gwen and Norah used to sing. Plus storytelling by Queer Tales from Wales: coppermine girls, women wrestlers and men in pink houses. BUY TICKETS NOW>>

7.45 yh Aberration yn cyflwyno: ‘Forgotten Stars’ yn Canolfan Y Celfyddydau (Stiwdio): sgyrsiau bywiog, caneuon a straeon o hanes LHDT. Tocynnau £10/£8.

Mewn cyflwyniad arbennig, bydd Yasmin Begum yn defnyddio lens terfysgoedd ras 1919 i ddisgleirio golau ar gymunedau pobl dduon a lleiafrifoedd ethnig a phobl queer o liw yng Nghymru.

Bydd Alison Child yn siarad am yr ymchwil ar gyfer ei Bywgraffiad newydd ‘ Tell Me I’m Forgiven’, am y ddeuawd neuadd gerddorol a fu’n enwog ar un adeg (a’r pâr rhamantaidd) Gwen Farrar a Norah Blaney. Bydd Ali a’i phartner Rosie Wakley yn ein trin ni i rai o’r caneuon y mae Gwen a Norah yn canu. Ynghyd ag adrodd straeon gan Queer Tales o Gymru: merched copr, ymgodymwyr menywod a dynion mewn tai pinc. TOCYNNAU>>

+ Charity RAFFLE (bring a prize if you can!), guest appearance from friend of Aberration NORENA SHOPLAND with her latest queer history book, PLANET magazine on sale, and COMMUNITY COHESION stall.

+ Raffl, awdur Norena Shopland, Stondinau Cylchgrawn Planet a ‘Community Cohesion’.


Cabarration 2019

Barbara Nice crowdsurfs her way to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent

[PAST EVENT: you are now entering the realm of past fabulousness and nostalgia…]

Mae’n ol! Bigger and better than ever! A massive Aberration queer-themed cabaret night: Cabarration in the Great Hall at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

8pm Friday 15 November 2019, Aberystwyth

Starring Barbara Nice – ordinary housewife extraordinaire – a refreshing blast of proper good fun. She believes in bargains, public transport and livin’ la vida loca! Recently seen storming it in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2019, with her quick-fire chat and stage-diving, Barbara is guaranteed to bring joy to any audience.

Shelf, up-to-the-minute lesbian comedy duo from that London
Edd Muir, aerial artist extraordinaire
Rad drag-king troupe The Family Jewels
Live music from melodic local band Chocolat
Compere Helen Sandler
Wear your best queer cabaret get-up!
Edrych ymlaen!

Edd Muir on pole

For all LGBT+ people and open-minded straight folks. Age guidance 16+ . Not suitable for children due to adult humour, references to hanky panky, and perhaps a little light striptease if you’re lucky.

Oo-er missus/ mister/ wotever!

Tickets: £14 / £10 (concs) from Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the links below.



Shelf: “cool and relevant” – The Skinny

Event supported by Prifysgol Aberystwyth University and Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse. Programmed by SpringOut and Enfys Aber.

100 Welsh Women event

Wed 6 March 2019, 7.45pm Round Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, £6 / £5


{Scroll down for English} Dathlwch Ddiwrnod Menywod Rhyngwladol!  Darganfyddwch 100 o fenywod anhygoel o’r gorffennol a’r presennol sydd wedi gweithio dros gydraddoldeb yng Nghymru.  Gyda sgyrsiau (Dinah Mulholland, Megan Talbot a mwy), barddoniaeth (Gillian Clarke) a cherddoriaeth fyw (Cerys Hafana – telyn). Croeso i bawb. Iaith: Saesneg

Cerys Hafana

Aberration, WEN Wales (Women’s Equality Network) and Aberystwyth University bring you this special evening to celebrate International Women’s Day.
‘100 Welsh Women’ will include music, poetry and discussion:

Gillian Clarke

Book your tickets for 100 Welsh Women now>>

Poetry: Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales, will read her lyrical and moving poems. If you have never heard Gillian read, you are in for a mesmerising treat. If you have heard her before, then you know you will want to be here for this! Gillian has been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Wilfred Owen Award. Selected Poems (Picador) was published in 2016, Zoology (Carcanet) in 2017, and her version/ translation of the 7th century Welsh poem Y Gododdin, appears this year from Faber.

Speakers: Dinah Mulholland (left), Chisomo Phiri (centre) and Megan Talbot will form a knowledgeable and rousing panel, chaired by our own Helen Sandler (right).

Dinah is a political activist who has campaigned around domestic abuse, women in prison and austerity. Dinah was the Labour Party candidate for Ceredigion in the 2017 General Election and is involved in setting up a local branch of Acorn Tenants Union.

Chisomo is the NUS Wales Women’s Officer. She was elected on a manifesto of campaigning to end period poverty, encouraging women to run for leadership, and tackling sexual harassment. She aims to create a strong, intersectional movement.

Megan is an associate lecturer in law at Aberystwyth University and is studying legal recognition of non-binary genders internationally. She is co-convener in the Aberystwyth Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Research Group (aber gender).

Helen is a writer and editor who runs Tollington Press and comperes Aberration. She has been involved in theatre and events for women and LGBT+ people for many years.

>>Book your tickets for 100 Welsh Women now>>

Live music: Musical interludes from Cerys Hafana (pictured, top) on the Welsh triple harp. Cerys is a talented young musician who lives locally. She is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and last year played at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient with Tŷ Teires and Robin Huw Bowen, and on the Aran Islands with Cerrig Camu. She will play her own compositions and tell us a little about the history of the instrument.

Joan and Linda of Bright Field
Bright Field

Bright Field sing folk harmonies such as Georgian, Corsican, Shape Note, British traditional and sacred music, as well as modern compositions. They enjoy the way voices will lock into or lean on one another. The group has changed its make-up over the years, but local singers Linda Gwillim and Joan Mills, who join us for the evening, have been a part of Bright Field since it began back in 2001.

Exhibition: on display will be WEN’s exhibition of posters of significant and inspiring women, past and present, who have worked for equality in Wales – including Gillian Clarke. We will pick out some of these women with readings chosen specially.

Inclusive fabulousness: All welcome at this inspiring evening. Whether you identify as female, male or non-binary, whether you are trans, intersex, queer, lesbian, gay, bi, straight, unsure or wotever… you are very welcome at all Aberration events.

Language: Event mainly in English.

Booking: Book your tickets for 100 Welsh Women now>>



Saturday 9 February 2019 Aberystwyth Arts Centre
7.45pm Round Studio £10 / £8  [PAST EVENT]


Hidden Worlds is an enthralling evening about queer lives, as Aberration celebrates LGBT History Month UK. With talks from artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins and oral history researcher Jane Traies, plus the Welsh premiere of the brand-new jukebox musical ‘Rebel Dyke’ written by and starring Karen Fisch. Scroll down for more about all these wonderful guests. And click here for a workshop on doing LGBT history (same day). We can’t wait to share this special night with you!

Aberration is brought to you by Enfys Aber and SpringOut, supported by Over the Rainbow guesthouse. 

Study for ‘The Exchange’ – Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Aber art lovers will be familiar with Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ magnificent paintings and prints from exhibitions at the Arts Centre and National Library, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth. In an illustrated talk devised especially for Aberration, Clive will explore how he created a hiding place for his gay identity in the magical world of his art.

Clive says: “I was born in Newport in 1951, at a time when all the old prejudices still held sway. Even as a small child I sensed raised eyebrows – and raised concerns – when I was too much myself. So I learned to hide that true self, and make a secret world I could retreat to and be safe in. And I got very good at it.”

The early part of his career was as a choreographer and stage director. In the 1990s he began to concentrate on painting and has garnered praise ever since. Simon Callow has called him ‘one of the most individual and complete artists of our time’.

Jane Traies

Jane Traies will talk about her new book of oral-history interviews with older lesbians, Now You See Me (Tollington Press).

Jane is a writer, researcher and story-teller who was also at various times a historical novelist, a director of the lesbian publishing house Onlywomen Press and a Trustee of the York Lesbian Arts Festival.

For some years, Jane has been recording the experiences of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK. Her new book, Now You See Me (Tollington Press, 2018), features some of these life-stories. Jane and interviewees appeared in the short films Now You See Me (Esme Waldron, 2016) and Older Than What? (Steen Starr, 2017).

For Aberration’s Hidden Worlds evening, Jane will talk about her work and introduce readings from the book. Signed copies will be for sale on the night at the special Aberration price of £10 (usually £11.99). Jane is helping to lead our workshop earlier the same day on how to ‘do’ LGBT+ history.

Rebel Dyke


Karen Fisch sings her way through forty years of lesbian clubbing and protesting in her new jukebox musical, Rebel Dyke.

Karen aka Fisch is part of the Rebel Dyke Project, a group of outsiders from the 1980s. Fisch has been a significant member of this lived legacy since her first Gay Pride March in 1978. She has gone via Greenham Common (Main Gate), The Black Widows All Women Biker Gang, Chain Reaction (the UK’s first SM Dyke club) to running her own women’s club nights in London for ten years

Since starting performing as Drag King Frankie Sinatra three years ago Fisch is now both producer and host of the drag king night Kings of Clubs at London’s legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Frankie has graced the stage at both London and Amsterdam Pride.

Fisch encompasses all of this personal sistory in her one-woman jukebox musical. Rebel Dyke has only been seen once before at L Fest 2018, the UK’s largest Women’s Festival, where it was nominated for two awards and grabbed the attention of the Aberration team who immediately asked Fisch to bring it to Aber. She is now touring the show to select venues in England – we are the only one in Wales so far, so tell your friends to get over here!

Directed by Barbara Houseman, this funny and moving show featuring the Bad Boy with the Golden Voice will enthral and entertain you.

Host & warnings

Helen Sandler by Pink Portraits

Aberration’s Hidden Worlds evening will be mediated via your loud host Helen Sandler, who will as usual be pointing at you in disturbing new ways.

All welcome. Age guidance 14+ (some adult content). You don’t have to be queer to be here… but it sometimes helps to ask a queer friend what the hell is going on.


We are very pleased to have arranged a separate afternoon workshop before the event on how to do LGBT+ history. Arranged and facilitated by Aberration’s own Jane Hoy, with sessions by LGBT+ historians Norena Shopland and Jane Traies. Book separately. Full details here>>


Workshop: Doing LGBT History

LGBT History Month with Aberration

Workshop: Doing LGBT+ History

Saturday 9 February 2019 3.30-6pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Creative Unit 5/6 (silver pod)
£5 / £3 (concessions) – includes refreshments
Tickets on sale from Aberystwyth Arts Centre here>>

Ever fancied doing some LGBT+ historical research but don’t know where to begin? This lively participatory workshop will introduce different ways of opening up lesbian, gay, bi and trans history. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a research newbie or have some experience to share. We hope that it will be the beginning of a Mid Wales network in which we continue to uncover our hidden queer histories in the past and present.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jane Hoy of Aberration and Living Histories Cymru.

In the first part historian Norena Shopland (as seen at Aberrations past) will ask us to consider: What is LGBT+ historical research? What does it mean to use the terms sexual orientation and gender identity in history? Which sources should we use, and why? She will also introduce us to her new online research tool. Norena is the author of Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren, 2018).


In the second part writer and researcher Jane Traies will introduce her groundbreaking research with older lesbians. She will explore what oral history can offer and introduce us to ways of doing it ethically and effectively. We will get the chance to practise interviewing skills on each other. Jane is the editor of Now You See Me: Lesbian life stories (Tollington, 2018).

Tickets >>

Hidden Worlds

The workshop will be followed later in the evening by ‘Hidden Worlds’: Aberration’s celebration of LGBT+ History Month with illustrated talks from Jane Traies and artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins plus the Welsh premiere of Karen Fisch’s jukebox musical Rebel Dyke. The evening starts at 7.45pm in the Round Studio and is ticketed separately at £10 / £8. Find out more>>

Future plans

Storytelling around the queer histories of Cymru: we are considering a summer event in which individuals offer a 5-10 minute performance/presentation based on the life of someone they are interested in (perhaps one of the people from Norena’s book or someone you have found). We would explore creative ways of presenting each person, in a series of workshops using story, poetry, film, music, drama, diary, dialogue… whatever is suggested by the materials we find and your strengths. For further information email

Aberration Caernarfon


Aberration yn mynd i Gaernarfon
Aberration goes to Caernarfon

ENGLISH: [Cymraeg isod]
Aberration on Tour: Galeri Caernarfon
Friday 14 September 2018, 7.30pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the day

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Our first time in Caernarfon! Music, drag, spectacle and spoken word: Maggi Noggi, Chocolat, Sadiq, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie, King Frankie Sinatra + more

Helen Sandler (© Keith Morris)

A cabaret night with an LGBT bite. Host Helen Sandler introduces a dazzling line-up of local and national talent, from circus to song. Expect quickfire words, irreverent laughs and gay abandon.

Frankie Sinatra
King Frankie Sinatra

Starring: Maggi Noggi: Wales’ Fiercest Drag-on. As seen on S4C’s The Salon, Maggi is Anglesey’s most famous queen. “You can take the girl out of the farm…”
Chocolat: Gypsy swing jazz quartet from Aberystwyth. Victoria Evans on vocal and violin, Jean-Louis Raimbaud and Steve Metcalfe on guitar, Norman Roberts on double bass… and you on your feet to dance!
Sadiq Sadiq: combines circus with elements of theatre, live art and dance to create stunning performances. Currently touring with Ockham’s Razor, Sadiq is also a winner of Mr Gay Great Britain and represented the UK at Mr Gay World in Malta.


Archibald Tactful: Proto-god, cement-lover and experimental dancer. “Laurie Anderson meets Groucho Marx” – FringeReview
Sarah McCreadie: Sharp spoken word from a rising star, who has performed everywhere from Newport to New York.
King Frankie Sinatra: Ol’ blue eyes is back! Frankie hosts the Kings of Clubs drag-king night in London. They have played everywhere from L Fest to Amsterdam; snuggled up on the sofa of This Morning; and hosted karaoke parties for Elizabeth Hurley. Their new show ‘Rebel Dyke’ will tour soon. 
+ Open mic: see below

Everyone’s welcome at this fun and friendly night, whether you’re gay, straight, trans… or whatever! Age guidance 16+

Includes open mic: to perform a song or read a poem in Welsh or English, email

Book your tickets now>>

Change of programme: sadly Mer Gân and Cortina Ford, both previously advertised, are unable to be part of the show this time.

Part of Aberration on tour, funded by Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, National Lottery, Aberystwth University, Over the Rainbow Guesthouse. Diolch yn fawr!


Aberration ar Daith: Galeri Caernarfon
Dydd Gwener, Medi 14, 2018, 19:30
Ymlaen llaw £10 / £12 ar y dydd 


Maggi Noggi, Chocolat, Sadiq, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie, Cortina Ford a mwy

Maggi Noggi

Noson cabaret gyda naws LHDT. Bydd  Helen Sandler yn cyflwyno detholiad o dalent dawnus lleol a chenedlaethol, o syrcas i gân. Disgwylwch ymddiddan ffraeth, chwerthin afreolus ac afiaith heintus.
Maggi Noggi: Cwîn enwocaf a ffyrnicaf Ynys Môn a Chymru. Yn ymddangos ar Y Salon ar S4C. “Gallwch chi fynd a’r ferch o’r ffarm…”
Chocolat: Grŵp ‘gypsy swing jazz’ o Aberystwyth. Amser dawnsio!


Sadiq Sadiq: Sgiliau syrcas cyfoes a syfrdanol. Mae Sadiq yn perfformio efo Ockham’s Razor
Archibald Tactful: Proto-Dduw, carwr sment a dawnsiwr arbrofol. “Laurie Anderson meets Groucho Marx” – FringeReview
Sarah McCreadie: Siarad miniog gan seren newydd o Gaerdydd
King Frankie Sinatra: Caneuon Sinatra
Meic agored: gweler isod

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