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proudWORDS festival of lesbian & gay writing

  Posted on 08/09/2004

October 15th – 24th 2004

A taste of things to come…

Tuesday 5th October at 7.30 pm Gala Theatre Studio, Durham
proudWORDS in association with Durham Litfest present Fiona Cooper and Kitty Fitzgerald in RED HOT, RAUCUS AND RIVETING - Fiona Cooper (Rotary Spokes, Heartbreak on the High Sierra, As you Desire Me) and novelist and playwright Kitty Fitzgerald share a rollercoaster ride through the grand canyon of female glitterati. Presenting their own work and that of women writers through the ages, they invite you to join them in this celebration by accepting a free glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival. Dressing Up and/or Cross Dressing positively encouraged.

'She's a lesbian trapped in a drag queen's body and surgery cannot help'
- Lily Savage on Fiona Cooper.

Tickets: Normally £ 6.00 (£4.00 concessions) but proudWORDS has 20 FREE tickets to give away if you book through us!

and then…

Friday 15th October
Newcastle Central Library,(Princess Sq), 6pm
proudWORDS 2004 Launch
featuring Edinburgh based writer Ellen Galford and readings from Lesbian and Gay community groups. Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of the 6th annual proudWORDS festival.

Saturday 16th October
Mesmac, Nelson St, Newcastle, 10-1pm
Queer History
How different was the experience of lesbians and gay man in the past compared to now? Was the gay scene a seedy shadow of its present caffe latte glory? proudWORDS is hosting a workshop/ discussion on the whys and wherefores of developing an LGBT archive in the NorthEast. We'll be joined by Ellen Galford who is working on an oral history project with the LGBT community in Edinburgh and Zelda Baveystock who is Senior Keeper of History at Tyne and Wear Museums.

Sunday 17th October
2-5pm & 7.30pm at Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle Quayside
Queer Story Telling Festival on Tour Workshop
Swank down to the Copthorne Hotel on Newcastle's Quayside to join Tim Redfern and other writers to tell your stories. The workshop will be followed by drinks and an evening performance.
Following the sell out success run in The Drill Hall Theatre, London, QSF events provide a platform for new, emerging, existing and never performed before queer writers, artists and performers to bring their experiences and histories from beyond the straight and narrow to an audience of queer listeners. It is not stand up comedy, open-mic or poetry evening. It has been described as personal testimony meets performance.

Monday 18th October
6.30-8pm Royal Station Hotel, Neville st, Newcastle
"What has the gay community done for us?"
Apart from being responsible for the breakdown of 'traditional' family values', hi-energy dance music and the first mention of 'fisting' on prime time TV, what else can us queers be proud of? Come and put in your two-penny's worth; be inspired, cajoled and stimulated by writers and television broadcasters, Bea Campbell and Tom Shakespeare. The evening will be hosted by former chair of Pride on Tyne, Catherine Donovan.

Tuesday 19th October
Blackwell's Bookshop, Percy Street, Newcastle. 6.30 pm
"Funny and Clever " with Gilly Love and Linda Innes reading from their work. Free wine.
After the readings, there'll be time for discussion on writing, getting published, and life in general.

Thursday 21st October
Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, 6-8pm
"Cultivating Spontaneity" A Journal Writing Workshop
with Shaun Levin ( former Gay's the Word bookshop writer -in- residence and author of Seven Sweet Things)
Journal keeping is one of the oldest methods of self-exploration and expression. In this practical creative writing workshop you'll get to explore new and inspiring ways to start a journal, or add pizzazz to the one you're already keeping. The exercises - from creative list making, sketching, and wild ranting, to fantasizing and fictionalising - will help you develop a fun and insightful engagement with the details of your own life.
followed by 8.30pm Reading of poetry, short extracts, bits of novel by Shaun and other lesbian & gay writers.

Friday 22nd October
Mesmac Nelson Street. 6-8pm
How Gay Are Your Genes?
Creative writing with Lisa Matthews, poet and chair of proudWORDS
Would you like to add your voice to a major public artwork showcasing the LGB communities of the north east? What makes you LGB? Were you born that way? Is your sexuality a choice, or maybe it was caused by your hormones, your parents, your upbringing, God, or even the weather?

Saturday 23rd October
Live Theatre, Quayside, Newcastle, 1-2pm
Gay Shorts Lunch
In association with New Writing North. As part of NWN's festival of short stories, join top gay writers Adam Mars-Jones and Louise Welsh in conversation about the gay short story. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday 23rd October
2-4 pm at Live Theatre, Quayside, Newcastle
Gay Short Story Workshop with Adam Mars-Jones
What constitutes a short story, does it need a beginning middle and end? Join Adam- Mars Jones for an insight into writing gay short stories and turning a fragment into a piece of short fiction.

Saturday 23rd October
8pm onwards @ Newcastle Arts Centre, bottom of Westgate Rd, Newcastle
"Words, music, drink, dance" proudWORDS party
Tickets £5 ( £3 conc.)
Join Adam and Louise to celebrate proudWORDS with music. DJ, live band, bar, bring along your fave CD tracks (labelled of course) and we'll do our best to play them.
To book ring Newcastle Arts Centre 0191 261 5618, Fax 0191 233 0525

Sunday 24th October
Tyneside Cinema, (The Clinic) Pilgrim St, Newcastle 2-5pm
Introduction to Screenwriting with Tina Gharavi
An introduction to how to begin to write for the screen: idea generation, structure, characters, dialogue, and formatting in one whirlwind of a session! Please bring three objects which have significance to you (or the idea you might want to develop) to the session!

Booking and Venues
All events apart from the proudWORDS party at Newcastle Arts Centre are FREE but booking is essential, particularly for workshops where places are limited. Workshops are for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals only and provide a supportive non-judgemental space for LGB people to express themselves. Ring 07973894912 to book or email pwcwf@hotmail.com stating name and number of tickets required.

We have tried whenever possible to hold events in venues that are wheelchair accessible, if you require more details on accessibility, ring either the venue or proudWORDS on 07973894912. BSL Interpretation will be available for all open events. If you require an interpreter for a workshop please let us know well in advance.

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