May 2022 news from LILAC
Kia ora

Welcome to another LILAC newsletter with a report on the double bill His/Her Story at Circa, news of our Winter Art Exhibition, Book Group news, and new titles in the library.

LILAC fundraiser at Circa

Sunday 1st May

What an amazing night at CIRCA!!

The performances by both Kate and Jan were brilliant. We were provided not only with a timely and poignant reminder of the horrors of war but also the camaraderie, compassion and sheer guts of ordinary working class people who found themselves in remarkable situations.

Beautifully acted, the plays took us through the lives of Phyllis, an Irish nurse [Kate’s mother] and Geoffrey, a Dunedin butcher [Jan’s father]. Phyllis who was stationed at the northern front in WW2 also helped to liberate the Nazi camp at Bergen Belsen. Geoffrey was stationed in North Africa, captured by the Nazi’s but escaped. He was sheltered by an Italian family [the Zantedeschis] in a cave in the hill of Cerna in Italy.

It was a real look at real lives in extraordinary times and beyond.

The Q&A was not to be missed! It resulted in good discussions around the issues raised in the plays. It also touched on their conceptions, perceptions and developments over time.

A big thank you to Kate and Jan for a very exceptional evening and a big thankyou also to CIRCA Theatre - always generous, always supportive and always there to help!


Winter Art Exhibition in the LILAC Lounge

The Winter Art Exhibition at LILAC will be opening on Thursday the 16th of June at 6pm. The exhibition will feature various artists working in a variety of media. Some works will be for sale. Come for the wine, cheese, convivial company & a visual feast. More details next month

It's cosy at the LILAC Lounge. Come along for May Book Group or just pop in to get some reading or movies. Tea, coffe and bikkies available.

Book Group Wednesday 11th May 6.15 - 7.30pm

This month Book Group is featuring fiction by Sarah Schulman - a New Yorker who writes gritty fiction as well as nonfiction and plays.

New books on the shelves

arriving May 11th for Book Group!

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu ... written just before covid
more on goodreads
It's the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop
more on goodreads
A study of 20th century female friendship played out in Australia and England
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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