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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
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.