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Forthcoming Events


As Chair of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group, I’m delighted to announce our next online SIG event, which  will be held on:

Tuesday May 25th at 6 pm

    We have some wonderful speakers lined up and we hope you will be able to join us.
    Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group (SIG) online event
    ‘Hearing LGBTQ Voices in Museums and the Archives’

The Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group (SIG) will be holding an online event about LGBTQ history in museums and archives. The event will be chaired by Norena Shopland. We will hear from three speakers, Tom Furber from London Metropolitan Archives; Dan Vo, from the V&A Museum, and Mark Etheridge from the National Museum of Wales. We would love you to join us for this exciting event which is free, but you need to sign up on EVENTBRITE to receive the link to attend.


  • Tom Furber
    Tom is an Engagement and Learning Officer at London Metropolitan Archives. Tom will be introducing the LGBTQ+ oral histories held at London Metropolitan Archives which include the Speak Out! collection and the recently completed Haringey Vanguard project, a community Black LGBTQ+ oral history and memorabilia archive.
  • Dan Vo
    Dan is a media producer and freelance museum professional. He is co-project manager of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network supported by the Art Fund and National Heritage Lottery Fund and has developed LGBTQ+ tours and programming for the V&A Museum, National Gallery, National Museum Wales, Tate, and University of Cambridge Museums among others. He is a patron of LGBT+ History Month.
  • Mark Etheridge
    Mark is Curator at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales – where he has curatorial responsibility for LGBTQ+ history. He will be discussing how he and his team collects and uses oral histories as a way to catalogue and interpret museum objects at St Fagans National Museum of History.
  • Chair: Norena Shopland
    Norena Shopland has a Master’s degree in heritage studies and has worked for the British Museum, National Museums Scotland and the Museum of London among others. Now living back in Wales she has worked with leading heritage organisations including National Museums Wales, Glamorgan Archives and Cardiff Story Museum. Her most recent publication is A Practical Guide to LGBTQIA Historical Records.

Saturday 5th June 2021 4pm-6pm

Online STAND UP Workshop. Fee £20

I’m running this online stand up workshop and it would be wonderful if you could join me and I know that we’ll have a lot of fun!
‘One of the funniest women in the country’ What’s On.
‘A Lesbian Victoria Wood’ Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Contact to book your place and for any enquiries about this event.
This online workshop will focus on writing stand-up material. By the end of the workshop, you are guaranteed to have a five-minute set ready perform! We will be looking at different kinds of stand-up style, content, and performance. Some of the class is taught but time is also given for participants to work on their own material and then, if they wish, to share it with others.
‘Homework’ is an optional extra offered to participants, again if they wish, whereby they will given a tailor-made writing exercise to send back to Clare at a later date and it will be returned with constructive feedback. Individual consultation follow-up sessions can also be booked with Clare following this workshop.
In a friendly and confidence-building atmosphere, this workshop is suitable for beginners who may have never tried their hand at stand-up but who have always wanted to, through to professionals who seek an opportunity to hone their writing and performing skills. Whatever level you are at, you will come away from the afternoon having produced material to use for your own work when live comedy clubs open up again or just to keep for yourself if you ever need a little chuckle!
The workshop will be on Zoom and will last for two hours. It’ll be fun and relaxed and you will certainly have a few giggles along the way.
Contact to book your place and for any enquiries about this event.

26th Feb 2020
  • GATEWAY TO HEAVEN talk – presented by Clare Summerskill. 6pm – 8.30pm
    Stratford, London.
    For L&Q Housing. Free but you must message @LQLGBT on Twitter to say you want to attend!
    Calling all L&Q residents who are LGBT+ or consider themselves Str8 allies We’re hosting an event for #LGBTHistoryMonth on 26 Feb in Stratford

29th Feb 2020

  • ‘FROM FAIRLY VOCAL TO VARIFOCAL’, a celebratory evening of stand up and songs.
    Produced by Sand (Safe Ageing No Discrimination)
    19:30 at The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, UK
14th March 2020
  • WRITING THE SELF – Exploring Autobiography from an LGBTQ+ Perspective.
    An exciting one-day creative writing workshop which explores autobiography that focuses entirely on stories from LGBT people
    Clare Summerskill will be running an exciting one-day creative writing workshop which explores autobiography that focuses entirely on stories from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans gender and Queer people. With Clare’s guidance, you will explore a range of creative writing styles including short stories, radio and theatre scripts recorded personal testimony, and stand up.

Hearing Voices:  a play and a film

Three extracts from the film version of HEARING VOICES by Clare Summerskill have been posted on YouTube:

Visit for further information about CLARE’s talks and the DVD version of the play and watch this page for updates. For booking inquiries about talks and screenings of HEARING VOICES contact