What's on at LILAC 
Kia ora

It's Lesbian Herstory Month at LILAC - International Lesbian Day drop-in, herstorical fiction at Book Group, and a walk around herstorical lesbian sites in Te Aro. Plus a coming out meet-up in November

Opening hours:

Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30pm

Thursdays and Saturdays 11am - 2pm

LILAC is open again on Wednesdays so drop in on the way home from work for some fresh reading and a natter


Lesbian Herstory Month - October

LILAC has a number of events planned to celebrate Lesbian Herstory Month:

International Lesbian Day: Open Day at LILAC Sunday 8th October 1 - 3pm

Come and help us celebrate International Lesbian Day. We’ll be open so you can:

  • help us identify the women in our photo of the 1993 Lesbian Studies Conference
  • browse through our archive
  • have a chat to the other lesbians there and swap stories
  • enjoy coffee, tea and biscuits

Spring launch of Book Group Wednesday 11th October

With a lesbian herstory theme - see below

Lesbian Herstory Walk in central Wellington Saturday 28th October

Join an intrepid group of storytellers on this journey through time and space as we rediscover the lesbian herstory of Te Aro, finishing at LILAC for refreshments.

Bookings essential - to prevent mayhem on the footpaths! Please email lilac@lesbian.net.nz if you wish to join us. Details of time and starting point to come.

All lesbians welcome.

Book Group Springs back on Wednesday 11th October

As part of LILAC’s Lesbian Herstory Month we are re-starting the LILAC book group with a focus on herstorical lesbian fiction set in the time from 1850s to 1950s.
The discussion will centre around the books chosen by each of us, i.e. critique and personal viewpoint but will also take a more general look at how lesbians were depicted in literature during this time.

Please come along and join in the discussion on Wednesday 11th October 7.00pm-8.30pm at the LILAC lounge. Light refreshments and convivial company.

The current book display at the east end of the LILAC room has a selection of herstorical novels from LILAC's collection.

Lesbian Coming Out Meet-up Saturday 4th November 2-4pm

This is an event at LILAC for women who have recently come out, or are thinking about coming out as lesbian to meet in a relaxed and supportive social environment. Lesbians new to town also welcome. Pass it on - let your friends know!

Art at LILAC 

Spring Art Exhibition

Lesbians making lesbian art, it doesn't get better than that!
Local lesbian artists were approached to make an artwork inspired by a favourite lesbian book, poem, quote or song lyric, using resources from the LILAC collection if possible. Each artist started with the same sized canvas and transformed it into a creative response to their chosen inspiration. Together, these form our Spring Art Exhibition!

Also on display are card reproductions of paintings by Wilhelmina Irving, an Indonesian-born woman of Dutch heritage who spent her adult life in New Zealand.

DIY Exhibitions at LILAC

A shout out to any lesbian artists wanting to hold an exhibition at LILAC in 2023 - you're welcome to get in touch. Email lilac@lesbian.net.nz

New books arriving 11th October  for Book Group

Learned by heart, by Emma Donoghue

Tells the heartbreaking story of the relationship between lesbian diarist Anne Lister and her Anglo-Indian boarding school lover Eliza Raine ... more on goodreads - Guardian review

Slant, by Katherine O'Donnell

Irish lesbian love story, set across the decades from the 1980s AIDS crisis to the 2015 marriage referendum ... 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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  • Please email lilac-subs@lesbian.net.nz to confirm your details and alert us to your payment.
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