LGBTHM – Cafe of Good Hope


This event was very cosy – last public reading for LGBT History Month, and local, and with friends. I think we pulled out all the stops.

Sadly Rebecca Idris had been sent to the Ukraine by her employers (what had she done to deserve that?) so was not able to join us, so we each read more than we would otherwise have done.

Here are the results.

Cath Blackfeather CoGHCatherine Blackfeather reading from her novel Mitchie, about a young woman cross-dressing to survive the western frontier of nineteenth century Canada.

Me reading from Leaving (London Lies) a story set in a pub just down the road from where we were reading.

V A Fearon C0GHV A Fearon reading two sections from her novel The Girl with the Treasure Chest about gang negotiator, Dani.

Back to Cath for a section of her latest (still looking for a publisher). I don’t think she gave us a title, so I’ve called it For the Boys for now: Gareth has an assignment…

And finally me again, with a section of A Second-hand Emotion – in which preparations for a big date are in full swing.

We all really enjoyed the event, thanks to Richard Shaw (Hither Green Hall) for organising and Bobby Mizen (Cafe of Good Hope) for hosting, and thanks for the audience for coming along, laughing in the right places, and contributing to the collection for Gay Switchboard.

By the way, at other events this month we’ve been collecting for Stonewall, and raised £35.22

LGBT History Month events


LGBT History month is keeping me busy this year. As well as Lewisham Library, I am also involved in events all over London, mainly reading from Mosaic of Air, but also from new work.

The Story Sessions, Queer Tales, 19th February 7.45 at the Ivy House SE15 3BE – Me, Cath Blackfeather, Anny Knight, Rebecca Idris and Clare Summerskill (Voluntary contributions welcomed)

North Kensington Library 108 Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, W11 1PZ
(11th February 18:30) is me on my own, reading from Mosaic of Air and some newer work, and discussing how things have changed since MoA was first published. Free. See the videos

Walthamstow Library, High Street Walthamstow, E17 7JN 12th February 19:00 is me and actor Sarah Feathers, reading from Mosaic of Air and from Lovers’ Lies in an event called Holding a Mirror up to the 80’s, Lesbian Short Stories now and then, so more historical observation! This is a ticketed event but still free.

LGBT history month: in company with Alix Adams, local author Cherry Potts reads from her short story collection Mosaic of Air, grief, old age, spiders and song, all from a lesbian perspective. Free. 7pm Friday 21st February Crofton Park Library 375 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2AG.

Literary-2014-A6A late addition: Wednesday 26th February, at Cafe of Good Hope,
Hither Green Lane SE13 6RT. Wednesday 23rd February. 7pm. Tickets £3
Cherry Potts, Rebecca Idris, V.A. Fearon, Catherine Blackfeather.