November 2019 LILAC news
Kia ora
First, the serious stuff. Then read on for loads of
new & exciting books
Annual General Meeting

*** Thursday 14 November***
6pm at LILAC

tea/coffee & nibbles from 5.30pm

This is a gentle reminder of the critically important LILAC AGM happening this coming week. The main issue to be decided at the meeting will be the future of LILAC. Do we continue or simply shut up shop?
You have received copies of the Annual Report and agenda plus the Financial Report. This latter sets out the financial situation, our costs and how much we need to continue. There are some recommendations from the Collective included in the Financial Report. We urge to read this material, talk to friends, come with ideas and, where possible, offers to help.
For your convenience these reports can been seen here. If you wish to have hard copies at the meeting, you will need to print them as no hard copies will be provided.
This is a critically important meeting. We look forward to seeing all our members on Thursday 14 November.

LILAC Collective

The following nominations for the Collective have been received:
Helen Barlow, Ellen Faed, Mary Gilbert, Carole Hicks, Jenny Whyte

The Collective needs six or more members, with a maximum of 10. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the AGM.

Need to renew your membership or know someone wanting to join? We will take membership fees at the door from 5.30. Please bring cash and your completed membership renewal form or membership form. You can also pay online in advance and send an email to to let us know you've paid.

Two new crime novels

Renee has written her first crime novel!
It came about as she was preparing to teach a class on writing crime fiction. She designed a programme for her students and then followed it herself to make sure it worked. After the 10 weeks she had 100 pages of a novel and, as a child of the depression, didn't want to waste them and so she wrote the rest of the book.
"Queen of Crime" Val McDermid spoke at two Verb events in Wellington this weekend. She told us about reading 170 books as a judge of the Booker Prize and that she wrote her Lyndsay Gordon novels to make sure those growing up after her didn't face the absence of lesbian characters and lesbian stories that she had experienced as a young person.
Renee and Val McDermid at Meow as part of the crime writer's panel A Write Thrill during the Verb Writer's Festival in Wellington this weekend.
Both of their new crime novels (signed!) are available at LILAC.

So many new books!

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Joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. Twelve very different characters-
aged 19-93, mostly black, British women whose lives overlap.
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Follows the relationship between two women in 1950s rural Scotland. Published in 2009 & now a movie starring
Anna Paquin.
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A graphic memoir and history documenting lesbian life and queer culture in Britain from the 1950s to the present day.

Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

An action-packed, quick-read about a notorious lesbian highway robber. It's a Nebula-nominated novella that kicks off in 1788 and is part of a flurry of recent fiction about time-travelling lesbians with a touch of steampunk!
And if you enjoy this one, we hear there's also a sequel coming...
Portrait of a Lady on fire
If you didn't get to see this film during the Film Festival earlier this year you have another chance! The winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes returns to NZ movie theatres from 14 November.

Val McDermid and her wife Jo (above left) popped into LILAC on Saturday on their way to the event at Meow.
If Val visits again during her tenure in NZ we'll probably have to make her an honorary life member!
LILAC gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support we receive from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians.

The A&A Trust  commemorates the support of Bette Armstrong and Bea Arthur for the lesbian community in Wellington. It is a registered charity that welcomes bequests and donations to enable it to assist lesbian communities in the Wellington region.

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  • Online banking payments should be made to LILAC 030502 0030496 00 Please email to confirm your details and alert us to your payment
  • Cash or cheque payments may be made at LILAC, Level 2, 187 Willis Street during our opening hours. Please bring correct amount of cash.
  • Cheque payments can also be posted to LILAC Inc, PO Box 427, Wellington 6140 with a completed renewal form.
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