A novel experience, I had a portrait photograph taken for a project, Outcome, which uses images of LGBT folk with the tools of their trade and a photo of themselves as a child; the idea being that no matter how confusing or miserable it is growing up, we all go on to make a stab at having a fulfilling life: it does get better.
Eventually there will be an exhibition. If you want to get involved and have the delightful Tom Dingley take your photograph for his project, contact him via his facebook page or on twitter @TomDingleyPhoto
So, as some of you know I’ve had several stories read at Liars’ League, and this happened again recently, for their Slings & Arrows event. Hurrah for Liars’ League!
A version of The King’s Champion, minus the subplot and now entitled Kassell for the place the story is set, (Kassel, Germany – birthplace of the Brothers’ Grimm), read by the wonderful Greg Page. You can watch the video here
And here’s the actual snowy landscape that inspired it – not quite as dramatic as I tell it!
The final birthday post for March, and again no specific birthday so here is a late one:
Margaret Webster March 15, 1905 – November 13, 1972
American born actor who became well known on stage in the UK before returning to the US as a highly successful Broadway stage director, noted for record breaking long runs, and for employing black actors at a time when this was still unusual. She met and started a relationship with Eva Le Gallienne, who starred in several of her productions.
In 1946, Margaret and Eva co-founded the American Repertory Theater with producer Cheryl Crawford. The relationship with Eva ended in 1948, and in 1950 Margaret became the first woman to direct at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She worked in theatre and opera untl her death from cancer in 1972.
Birthdays seem to be scarce in this neck of the calendar, so here’s a bit of not quite history for you.
Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go, and where thou lodgest, I will lodge. Where thou diest there will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
I have a great fondness for the King James version of the Bible – it is great poetry – and I make no apology whatsoever, to either people offended that I’ve included what is not (in my view) a real person, nor to those who are offended that I’ve suggested someone in the bible is a Lesbian. If a woman said those words to me, I know what I’d think.
Louisa Lumsden CBE (1840-1935), the first prominent female figure at the University of St Andrews.
Louisa was one of the original students of Girton College Cambridge. She taught classics there and later at Cheltenham. In 1877 she became Head of St Leonard’s school in St Andrews. In 1895 she was warden of a new university hall of residence, but resigned in 1900.
Although her initial energies were put into women’s education, she was a strong proponent of women’s suffrage In 1908 she was president of the Aberdeen Suffrage Association. She had a horse-drawn caravan, which was used for campaign tours. although never a militant herself, she admitted to fellow-feeling.
One has a mean feeling when one is quietly enjoying the good things of life and others are in prison for their convictions.