From the moment the lights dim and the curtain draws back we are captivated. We laugh, we cry, we sing along, all the time sharing the experiences of those on stage.
As part of LGBT+ History month, the university is focusing on several literary figures. We thought it would be interesting to look at Forster’s life and work and contrast it to that of a contemporary author, to see how society and attitudes have moved on.
I remember learning about Allen Ginsberg and Beatniks when I was 17. A group of typical “bad boys” with a lot of issues but mostly kind hearts from a classroom next door were interested in Philosophy, Literature and Music and we somehow became friends. As a girl who grew up in church, we mostly talked in school and I rarely got into their extracurricular shenanigans. Or at least that is how I remember it. Nevertheless, I ended up saving up for all the translated books by Jack Kerouac which were interesting reads, but they did not manage to capture me the same way Allen Ginsberg’s poetry did.
LGBT+ poetry and poets have a rich tradition in the literary history, especially from the 20th century onward, even though there are many challenges when it comes to tracing it.
It’s nearly February and the Library and Learning Resources team will be proudly supporting and celebrating LGBT History Month.
This year the event is looking at the history of the LGBT community with a focus on poetry, prose and plays. What could be more perfect for a library? Take a look at the official campaign website to find out more.
In the week surrounding World Autism Awareness Day, which takes place on April 2nd every year, people across the UK are encouraged to take part in World Autism Awareness Week by participating in activities to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society.