April 2022 news from LILAC
Kia ora

Welcome to another LILAC newsletter with news of a lesbian coming out meet-up during the school holidays, and a reminder about our May fundraiser at Circa Theatre on Sunday 1st May. 

It is crucial, if we are to keep LILAC open as a lesbian library and space that we raise funds. We are generously funded (for now) by the Arthur & Armstrong Trust but this funding does not cover all our running costs.

CIRCA Theatre, both in the past and now, have offered us a very good deal and it would be great if we could sell our allocation of 40 tickets. However, we do understand that some of you may be reluctant to come out to the theatre amid Covid fears so we would like you to consider buying a ticket and donating it to a younger lesbian/student or a pensioner for whom funds may be tight. Already two members have done this.

Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing many of you at the theatre.

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.

After the play there will be a Q&A with Kate and Jan if you would like to stay on.

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 librarian@lesbian.net.nz 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 3 weeks away and omicron should be fading by then.

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

Lesbian coming out meet-up

All lesbians are welcome to drop in at LILAC for a fun afternoon on Saturday 23 April. Whether you are newly out, have to come out often, or came out a long time ago, we would love to see you and your lesbian friends. Come along and connect with other lesbians, enjoy our LILAC lounge and eat cake!

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

Book Group Wednesday 13 April 6.15 - 7.30pm

This month Book Group is featuring fiction by Emma Donoghue. Most of our titles went out the door after March Book Group but there is a good selection in the local public libraries - check the Book Group webpage for links to titles available all over the motu.

New books on the shelves
kiwi lesbian sister and gay brother
teen solves other's problems
more on goodreads
exhaustive biography
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.

Need to renew? email lilac-subs@lesbian.net.nz
  • Online banking payments should be made to LILAC 030502 0030496 00 Please email lilac-subs@lesbian.net.nz 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