National Coming Out Day 2019

11th November is National Coming Out Day. We like to tie in our LGBT titles to this day when we can. (Or history month in February!)

Yesterday we published Let Out the Djinn, by Jane Aldous, and tomorrow we are launching this delightful debut collection of poems in Edinburgh.

Not in Edinburgh? buy a copy here!

 

Three years ago we published Outcome by Tom Dingley to coincide with Coming Out Day, and we have now permanently reducing the price of this book of 80 photographic portraits buy your copy here for £15

Other LGBT poetry titles:

In Retail front cover copy In Retail, poems from Jeremy Dixon (just going into a second print)

9781909208537 A Gift of Rivers, Kate Foley

dont touch garden books The Don’t Touch Garden, Kate Foley

foraging-front-cover-copy Foraging, Joy Howard

Bryant, Cathy, Erratics, front cover Erratics, Cathy Bryant

LGBT Fiction

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final The Dowry Blade, Cherry Potts

CPotts_MosaicofAir front Mosaic of Air, Cherry Potts

 

 

Happy Publication day, Jane Aldous

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Happy Publication day, to Jane Aldous, as her debut poetry collection, Let out the Djinn hits the streets.

See you at Lighthouse Radical Bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on Saturday

for the launch!

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Cake in preparation

Order your copy direct

In Retail at Edinburgh Book Fringe

Jeremy Dixon likes to travel and he is off to Edinburgh for Book Fringe

The Book Fringe is a free, community book festival run by two independent Edinburgh bookshops, Lighthouse in Southside, and Golden Hare Books in Stockbridge.

Lunchtime at Lighthouse: These start at 1pm and run for 30 minutes.
Evenings at Golden Hare: These start at 6.30pm and run for 1 hour.

ALL events are FREE: no tickets, no ticket booking!

Jeremy is taking In Retail to Lighthouse on Sat 3rd August. 1pm for their event QUEER WORDS WITH QUEER POETS

In Retail front cover copy

More info about the bookfringe

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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