happy #lesbiandayofvisibility

It just so happens that today is Lesbian Day of Visibility. What a great day to be publishing Kate Foley‘s new poetry collection, A Gift of Rivers.

A Gift of Rivers charts meeting, marriage and migration, in an extended love letter to Kate’s wife Tonnie.

Kate Foley with Tonnie at the Amsterdam launch of The Don’t Touch Garden

Now, I didn’t know that today was Lesbian Day of Visibility when I planned the publication date, sometimes things just happen like that. But why not get visible in your local bookshop by going in and asking for this lovely book?

Although I am wearing my A Gift of Rivers T-shirt to celebrate, there are no events planned for today, having already done a reading at Gay’s the Word

(more videos available on YouTube!)

and the launch is 1st May 7pm at Waterstone’s Amsterdam. Everyone welcome.

Other readings in the UK are in the offing and details will follow shortly.

Happy publication day, Kate!

#ComingOutDay special offer on Outcome

To celebrate Coming Out Day and the anniversary of publication of Tom Dingley’s photographic portraits Outcome we have a special offer of £5 off until Midnight tonight. head over to the shop to take advantage of this offer.

And a reminder that the last remaining SIGNED copy is up for grabs on our crowd fund

#Arachne5 Mosaic of Air

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Number Four: Mosaic of Air

Originally published twenty years ago, the sixteen short stories in Mosaic of Air reflect and explore Lesbian life in the 1980s through myth, history, fantasy and science fiction. Delving into lecturing spiders, Helen of Troy, seaside libraries, computers that fall in love, murder and memory; but most of all humour, and a delight in all that women can be.

Praise for the first edition:

Cherry Potts writes with economy, punch, panache.

Ellen Galford

Definitely about women in space, not the usual glossy tomboys of standard sf.

Gwyneth Jones

Delightful … both a hilarious spoof of one-man-and-his computer myths such as 2001, a Space Odyssey; and a reflection on the limits of love and power.

Zoë Fairbairns

From the foreword:

Sometimes I think that I would write these stories differently now, and then I think, would I? Yes, the world has changed, these days many of the scenarios played out by characters in the contemporary stories wouldn’t now happen in Britain; but there are plenty of places in the world where these stories would still happen. Sadly they have not dated as thoroughly as I might have hoped.

review from Sabotage

High points

‘Mosaic of Air’ is an interesting parable featuring a proto-post-feminist lead, a computer programmer whose programme becomes sentient which surprisingly encases an abortion debate.

If you read nothing else in this book you must read ‘Arachne’s Daughters’; this takes apart a myth about Arachne (a human) challenging Athene (the goddess): ‘”Now, can you believe anyone would be so stupid?” ‘.  It’s set as a speech given at a women-only meeting with a clever twist on why so many women shouldn’t fear spiders despite the extra legs and pincers ‘ “Forgot something though didn’t they?…[Men]… How many Cancers and Scorpios are in the audience?”.’

audio of readings:

LGBT History Month at Walthamstow Library

 

We are having a PARTY on the 8th September. Come along! free, but ticketed

A follow up interview with Tom Dingley, the creator of The Outcome Project. 

Tom Dingley interviewed (again) on Pride Matters

Source: A follow up interview with Tom Dingley, the creator of The Outcome Project. 

Outcome in Sheffield – links and photos

We had a fabulous evening in Sheffield, and got some great coverage on BBC Sheffield Radio and elsewhere…

Video on Radio Sheffield’s Facebook page

Listen again to feature on Paulette Edwards Show at 1hr 39min (available until the end of May 2017)

Sheffield News item

Big thank you to Nelly Naylor for permission to use her photos. There will be video as soon as I’ve sorted it out.

If you are sufficiently local to Sheffield, you can be part of the project by coming along on 12th May and Having your portrait taken by Tom Dingley.

And thank you for your help and enthusiasm, John Leach, Tim Machin, Trish Elwis, Val Reagan, Sally & Kythe and the rest of Out Aloud for making Tom so welcome.

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Today – Outcome in Sheffield and on the radio

Join us in Sheffield at  Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield Institute of Arts where Signal, Sheffield Hallam’s LGBT Staff forum are hosting OUTCOME for just under a fortnight.

 

 

 

 

 

The Atrium
Cantor Building
Sheffield Hallam University
153 Arundel Street
Sheffield
S1 2NU

Tom put the exhibition up yesterday, and the official launch is today at 6.30.  We have readings from Lesbian Poets Kate Foley (who is in Outcome) and Joy Howard, and songs from Sheffield’s own brilliant LGBT choir, Out Aloud.

Kate Foley as seen in Outcome

Tom will be on BBC Radio Sheffield today sometime between 11-12

We finish up with a studio day on the 12th May, when Tom will take photos of people who want to join the portfolio of fabulous LGBT people already featured in the project, and be part of the exhibition on it’s next outing. If you want to book a slot contact Tom @OutcomeLGBT tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk.

Happy Coming Out Day

We launched Outcome last night ahead of today’s Coming Out Day, with a party hosted by University of Greenwich LGBT+ Staff Network, Alumni Association and the Student Union LGBT+ forum.

The Heritage gallery went from a quiet white space to a vivid crowd of 113 smiling faces on the walls-

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to an even bigger crowd partying the night away, complete with rainbow lights!

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As usual I was busy selling books, so didn’t get a chance to speak to many people so THANK YOU for coming out and making the evening spectacular.

Special thanks to Dean Atta for reading.

I didn’t take many pictures either, so if people have some they are willing to share, please get in touch!

The exhibition continues until Friday 14th, and if you would like to take part in the Outcome project Tom is on site today, (Tuesday) until 4pm, and on Thursday 10-2 with a pop up studio.

You need: to be LGBT+ (yes, you really do), to have a clear photo of yourself as a child that you can bring with you or can email to be photoshopped in later, and to come dressed as you would for work. We have several bookings already, so get in touch before coming along, but we’d be very happy to see you.

There is a live panel Q&A with Tom, Bisi Alimi, Femi Otitoju, Alix Adams (all featuring in the project) plus representatives from the Staff and Student LGBT+ groups at the University.

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Everything happens in: The Heritage Gallery, 32-alix-adamsQueen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9LS. The Gallery is a little hard to find, so head for the chapel andthen turn towards the river, you will see the three arches in the middle of the building on your right, and we are in there on your left. Simple!!

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Outcome launches in ONE MONTH! And the books have arrived

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Big Boxes of books are once again cluttering up our hallway – but not for long!

Outcome Launch Information

We are Launching OUTCOME: LGBT  Portraits by Tom Dingley on 10th October.

As there’s nothing particular for Tom to read as we normally would do, we are launching with an exhibition at

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Queen Anne Court,
University Greenwich,
Royal Naval College, Park Row
SE10 9LS
(It is a little tricky to find, but it’s the block opposite the CHAPEL going  towards the river, on your left as you come from Cutty Sark, then, inside the arched bit shown here you turn left)
Nearest station Cutty Sark (DLR) or Greenwich (Southern); loads of buses.

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The University Gallery Manager, Alumni Office, IT staff, LGBT Staff Network, and Students’ Union LGBT group have all been amazingly generous with time and space and organisation and have got involved in the project with enthusiasm. We are very grateful!lgbt-uni-logolgbt-uni-logo

The exhibition will be open Monday 10th October 10-4, and Tuesday 11th (Coming Out Day) to Friday 14th 10-5. Everybody welcome, and we are encouraging school parties, so if that might apply to you get in touch!

The launch party and private view is invitation only – Contributors, Arachne Friends and Funders – you will be invited automatically; apologies to everyone else, but do please come to the exhibition, or the other events around the launch – which are…
Tuesday 11th (Coming out Day) and Thursday 13th: Outcome photographer, Tom, will be hosting pop-up studio days if you would like to be part of Outcome. If you are LGBT and would like to be photographed do get in touch to suggest a time. Each person will get 20 minutes – so please come ready to be photographed and ideally with a copy of a clear childhood photo of you) before the age of 15, and by yourself please. Book your slot by contacting Tom: @OutcomeLGBT  – or tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk
Wednesday 12th 1-2pm a free public Q&A panel about coming out featuring contributors to the project and the Students’ Union LGBT group (we haven’t finalised who yet). We think there will be tea and biscuits after. There are other events just for staff and students.
The book will be on sale throughout the week in the Gallery (whenever we are there, which will be most of the time) and at Greenwich Waterstones, next to Cutty Sark Station. You can of course also buy it from us via our web shop 

Tonight! hear about #Outcome on Resonance FM Out in South London

Tom Dingley and Cherry Potts will be on Out in South London (Resonance FM) tonight 6.30 talking about Outcome LGBT Portraits, our first photographic portrait book.

We’ve just raised the money for printing costs, and for the printing of the exhibition images, but we are still looking particularly for a few more women, and people from ethnic minorities to get involved and have their photo taken.

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Success!

We’ve raised (after fees) £2884 for Outcome, which should cover our printing costs for both the book and the launch exhibition.

You can see what it will look like here
We are inviting everyone who helped to show their colours:

I backed Outcome copy so if you see this on someone’s email signature or website, you’ll know they are friendly helpful kind generous people!

And everyone who is IN the book we are asking to also show their colours:

I'm In Outcome copy

You can preorder the book here