LGBT History Month / Mis Hanes LHDT 2020

Aberration: Saturday 8 February 2020 / Dydd Sadwrn 8 Chwefror 2020

FORGOTTEN STARS ~ An afternoon and evening of amazing queer history. With guided walk, zine workshop, talks and songs!

Poet and navigator Sarah Jane Rees – bardic name Cranogwen

1.30 to 3.30pm 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. Book your free tickets online from Ceredigion Museum.

4.30 to 6pm Workshop at Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Yasmin Begum & Laolu Alatise are writers, artists and activists based in Cardiff. As members of the 1919 Race Riots collective they will hold 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>>

7.45pm Aberration presents: ‘Forgotten Stars’ evening at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Studio): lively talks, songs and stories of LGBT+ history. Tickets £10 / £8 (concs) CLICK FOR TICKETS>>

In a special presentation, Yasmin Begum & Laolu Alatise (who are 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.

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.


Alison Child (R) and Rosie Wakley