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Talks

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Over the last few years there has been an increasing demand for Clare to appear at conferences, universities, groups and organisations and present various talks addressing the subject matter of plays she has worked on: LGBTQ history, lesbian and gay asylum seekers, and mental health. All her talks contain performed theatrical segments from the relevant plays and films to which they relate.

TALKS OFFERED

  • Gateway to Heaven, a talk, with performed interview extracts, based Clare’s book Gateway to Heaven: Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History.
  • Staying Out Late, a presentational talk about older LGBT people’s concerns about being LGBT and in care in later life, either in their own home or in residential care.
  • Hearing Voices, a talk about Clare’s play based on interviews with those who are mentally unwell, set in a secure psychiatric ward.
  • Rights of Passage, a talk about the making of Clare’s latest verbatim play based on interviews with lesbian and gay asylum seekers.
  • A Warm and Comical Glimpse into LGBT History, an informative talk – with songs!

Gateway to Heaven  – The play and the book. Fifty years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History.

Following the writing of the play version of Gateway to Heaven, based entirely on memories from older lesbians and gay men, two national tours and the adaptation of this production into a film commissioned by Age Concern, Opening Doors, Clare now presents a talk about the research of this play and the interviews she had with 35 older people about their own experiences of growing up lesbian and gay and living in a world for much of their lives where the majority of society did not accept their sexual orientation. This talk is particularly popular in LGBT History Month.

In addition to the playscript of Gateway to Heaven, Clare has written a book of memories from 46 older LGBT people called Gateway To Heaven: Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay History, published by Tollington Press. Visit www.gatewaytoheaven.co.uk for more information about this play and those who were interviewed for it.

Gateway to Heaven – The Book (Published 2012) and Website   www.gatewaytoheaven.co.uk

Clare has written a book of memories from 46 older LGBT people called Gateway To Heaven, published by Tollington Press. Visit www.gatewaytoheaven.co.uk for orders and details about book readings and signings.

Extract from Clare’s Presentational Talk, Gateway to Heaven

 

TALKS that Clare has delivered include:

  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History. HMRC Dept for Business Innovation and Skills Conference. London.
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History. Carpmaels & Ransford law firm.
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History. Teeside University.
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History at Birmingham LGBT Centre
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History at South Bank University.
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History at Birmingham University
  • Gateway To Heaven – Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History at LSE.
  • Rights of Passage – Lesbian and Gay Asylum seekers in the UK. London and Quadrant Housing
  • Rights of Passage – Lesbian and Gay Asylum seekers in the UK. Surrey University
  • Hearing Voices – stories from patients who met on a locked psychiatric ward. Emory University, Atlanta, US
  • Hearing Voices – stories from patients who met on a locked psychiatric ward. Hertfordshire NHS conference
  • Hearing Voices – stories from patients who met on a locked psychiatric ward. PACE (the LGBT mental health organisation).

Hearing Voices

This is a talk about the writing and research of HEARING VOICES, a play that Clare wrote, which was published by Tollington Press. It is based entirely on interviews with Mental Health service users who all became friends on a secure psychiatric ward where they met Clare. She has previously given this talk at events such as the LGBT Mental Health NHS Conference (Herts), a conference on Self Harm at The University of Lancashire, Richmond Fellowship Trust, Maytree Event (a sanctuary for the suicidal) and PACE (the LGBT mental health organisation).

Visit www.hearingvoicesplay.co.uk

Hate Crimes

After being commissioned by the Metropolitan Police and Age Concern to write and produce the film “Queens’ Evidence” (about the relationship between the police and older LGBT people, looking at why there is there a low rate of reporting hate crimes from that section of society) Clare has been invited to talk to many groups and organisations about the film she made and the research she has done into this area.

Clare has given talks at numerous events, including:

  • ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY
  • SALFORD UNIVERSITY
  • GREENWICH UNIVERSITY
  • GALIPS AGM
  • WEST EALING LGBT CONFERENCE
  • BRADFORD PRIDE HISTORY MONTH
  • ENFIELD HATE CRIME FORUM MEETING
  • AGE CONCERN CAMDEN, AGM
  • GAY AND GREY CONFERENCE, BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY
  • HMRC National LGBT CONFERENCE

Comedy Writing Workshops

Clare runs comedy writing workshops. These last approximately three hours and the participants look at how to write stand-up, comedy sketches for cabaret or radio and humorous short stories. They are not only a lot of fun and always found to be extremely encouraging to those who may sometimes hide their writing ability under a metaphorical bushel! For more information  contact admin@claresummerskill.co.uk for details and bookings.