March 2022 news from LILAC
Kia ora

Welcome to another LILAC newsletter letting you know about our plans for regular events at LILAC during 2022 ... once we are over the omicron wave.
Like the rest of New Zealand we are thrown by the current COVID-19 surge, although we’re already planning to offer exciting monthly events from June in the LILAC Lounge. But first we are going to Circa - a double bill with two lesbians narrating their parents' war time experiences.

His/Her Story  - Circa double bill

Sunday 1st May 5pm Circa Theatre

I’ll Tell You This For Nothing  Kate JasonSmith
Milord Goffredo  Jan Bolwell

Join LILAC and friends for this special fundraiser

In I’ll Tell You This for Nothing, Kate JasonSmith brings to life the dramatic and often humorous tale of her mother’s life in an acclaimed show about war, courage, danger and romance. Sent to the front lines on D-Day, Phyllis’s hospital followed the battles through Europe and finally to the liberation of Belsen. Amid this drama she found the love of her life, a Catholic, igniting a new and personal war with her mother, a Protestant.

Milord Goffredo is Jan Bolwell’s dynamic re-creation of her father Geoffrey’s WWII exploits – a Dunedin butcher who became ‘a bloody legend’ in a small northern Italian town, where he lived in a cave for two years after twice escaping from his German captors.

Book now:

  • Please deposit/transfer your ticket payment of $45 into the LILAC bank account: Westpac 030502 0030496 00 using your name and Circa as the reference
  • Then email to receive confirmation of your booking.

Buy tickets for yourself, family and friends - all welcome. Do it by 26 April as Circa need to know how many we have sold.

Note that there are only 40 tickets being sold for the 80-seat theatre - we will be socially distanced, with face masks up. The event is 8 weeks away and omicron should be fading by then.

Tickets can be collected in the theatre lobby from 4.30pm on the day.

More events for 2022

The Collective has devised a programme of activities at LILAC once omicron has passed:

  • June: New Art Exhibition opening
    Art works from local lesbian artists, with the opening mid June
  • July: bumper newsletter
    with short book reviews from Collective members
  • August: Quiz night + silent auction
  • September Wellington Pride event with a guest speaker
  • October: Lesbian History Month - four events including Lesbian Sports part 2
  • Drop In Fair with handcrafts, baking, books ...

This is to give you an idea of what's coming ... maybe you can get involved too!

All this with Book Group on the second Wednesday every month - let's get the LILAC Lounge buzzing again.

It's cosy at the LILAC Lounge ... in a socially distanced way of course. Come along for March Book Group or just pop in to get some reading or movies.

Book Group Wednesday 9 March 6.15 - 7.30pm

This month Book Group is featuring (auto)biographical fiction - novels based on the life of the author or of another woman - and there are many to choose from beyond Orlando and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit . Check what we have in our TinyCAT catalogue.

LILAC Goes Postal

LILAC offers a postal service for members - the only trick being that members using it need to pay postage in both directions. If you are interested in using this service at present, please email your requests to A librarian will reply to let you know what size mailer you will need to send us. However, we cannot guarantee that the titles you request will be available immediately.

If you have some overdue LILAC books lurking round the house, please post them back!

NB in the mail only please - no couriers!

New books on the shelves

arriving for Book Group on Wednesday 9th

lesbian hitchhiker meets evil
more on goodreads
early lesbian activist
more on goodreads
coming out in the Netherlands
more on goodreads
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 payments may be made at LILAC, Level 2, 187 Willis Street during our opening hours. Please bring correct amount of cash
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