17th February 2017
18th February 2017
Event title: 2017 National Festival of LGBT History
Venue: See Content for venues
Name: Rainbow Festival
Event description: It all begins at 6.15 pm at University Centre Shrewsbury where you will be welcomed by Shrewsbury’s Town Crier before the Festival is formally opened by The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Ioan Jones.
Friday evening is ticketed – tickets are free and limited to 4 per booking.
Our celebratory beginnings kick off with presentations from:
Diana Souhami – Tales of Hidden Heroes: Lesbians and Modernism
Diana Souhami is the author of many highly praised books including : Gluck: Her Biography; Gertrude and Alice; the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter (winner of the US Lambda Literary Award for best gay writing and a New York Times `Notable Book of the Year’); Greta and Cecil; The Trials of Radclyffe Hall (shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and also winner of the US Lambda Literary Award); Selkirk’s Island (winner of the Whitbread Biography award).
Caroline Paige – True Colours: Trailblazing Transgender Service in the Military
Caroline Paige retired from the Royal Air Force in Nov 2014 following a 35-year military career, as a navigator and tactics specialist, initially flying air-defence fighters and then battlefield helicopters. In 1999, she became the first officer to transition gender in the UK’s Armed Forces, and to serve openly on the frontline, flying missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. True Colours reveals the challenges of trailblazing transgender service in an environment historically hostile to LGBT personnel, and how she succeeded in shaping understanding, support and inclusion, inspiring others to follow.
Peter Scott Presland & Andrew Lumsden in conversation: Heroic Architects of the 1967 Act
As a result of being in London Gay Liberation Front, Andrew Lumsden was the first national journalist in the world to come out voluntarily (1971). He participated in the Gay News project (1972-1983), which gave heart to thousands of LGBT people in Britain and Ireland and which the Government accordingly tried to close down (1977). Peter has been working as a gay cabaret artiste, writer, journalist and activist since 1971.
Plus a taste of Queer Playback Theatre
Playback Theatre is spontaneous improvised theatre – the audience tells their stories and the actors re-enact them. It’s unexpected, exciting, moving, often hilarious.
Wine and nibbles will occur!
Following last year’s successful festival, we anticipate this launch night will be really popular and so we will run a waiting list. If you book tickets then realise you cannot come then please do return them/ let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Round off a fabulous day at the festival with a relaxing evening of entertainment, where you can be sure of music, spoken word and theatre – not to mention a lot of laughs and general merriment!
Saturday 18 February 2017 from 7 pm to 10.30 pm at The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE Tickets for this evening cost between £8 & £12