A successful event was held in the Highlands last week to mark LGBT History month – and another will be staged tomorrow.
The Highland LGBT Writers’ Group, which has received funding from LGBT Youth Scotland to commemorate LGBT History Month, has facilitated both events and hopes to host similar cultural and historic attractions in future years.
Last Saturday (20th February) saw two of Scotland’s leading LGBTI writers, Zoe Strachan and Mark Spencer Turner, visiting Inverness for a day long workshop.
Glasgow based Zoe Strachan writes novels, short fiction, opera libretti, plays and essays. She has had three novels published: “Negative Space”, “Spin Cycle” and “Ever Fallen in Love”. She has edited a number of anthologies, including “Out There” – an anthology of contemporary LGBT writing.
Mark Spencer Turner (Marcas Mac Tuairneir) is one of the few LGBT authors who write in Gaelic. He has had one collection of poetry published “Deo” – the first ever compilation of gay poetry published in Gaelic – and a second collection is due out later this year. His poetry has also been featured on BBC radio.
The workshop was well attended, and the two authors took those present through a series of exercises aimed at increasing their confidence and improving their skills.
The second event is an LGBT History Month Party and will take place at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, tomorrow (Saturday 27th February) in the theatre’s Maclean Room, beginning at 7.00 pm. The evening will feature Highland LGBT poets, writers, storytellers, musicians and stand up comics performing their work.
Speaking of tomorrow’s event Kevin Crowe, convenor of the Highland LGBT Writers Group, told KaleidoScot: “There is so much talent in the Highlands and we welcome the opportunity to display the variety of writing and music from the region. There will be work performed in three of Scotland’s languages: Scots, Gaelic and English. There will be no entrance fee, and food and drink is available at Eden Court Theatre. The evening will be informal and we hope all those attending will enjoy the evening.”
He also thanked LGBT Youth Scotland for providing the funding, adding that he hoped that further events will be organised in the future.
Further information about the Eden Court event or the Highland LGBT Writers Group can be obtained from Kevin Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org