21 Aug 2019 – the history of Pride (PROUDbristol event)

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PROUDbristol @ WYG: OutStories Bristol

PROUDbristol‘s August event will showcase OutStories Bristol and provide an opportunity for networking before and afterwards.

Speakers include;

  • Robert Howes, OutStories Bristol – Robert will give an overview of the development of Pride celebrations in this Country and abroad and of the LGBT movement in the Bristol area.
  • Charlie Beaton, OutStories Bristol – Charlie will talk about the first Bristol Gay Festival, which he was involved in organising in 1977.

Wednesday 21st August 2019
WYG’s offices, 90 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6DP

Doors open: 18:30
Talks start: 19:00 – please arrive in time to take your seats as the talks will start promptly at 19:00.
Talks finish: 20:00

Drinks and nibbles (only) will be provided, with thanks to our sponsors and hosts, WYG.

Free event and open to everyone. Please register on Eventbrite.

5 Oct 2019 – talk on poet A E Housman + OutStories AGM

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Queer loss, queer Classics: A. E. Housman’s ‘lost country’
Talk by Jennifer Ingleheart

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A E Housman in 1910.
Photo: E O Hoppé.

Queer people have often experienced losses, such as missing the opportunity for marriage and children, the pain of unrequited love, and the potential loss of reputation and liberty. A. E. Housman (1859-1936) writes movingly in his poetry about various losses, including his unhappy love for Moses Jackson, who could not return his feelings. Many of his poems approach the theme of loss and attempt to find consolation for his loss through the framework of the Classics.

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Moses Jackson c.1880

This talk looks at how Classics enabled Housman, a classical scholar and professor of Latin at Cambridge, to come to terms with loss. Housman has the reputation of being a divided man, who wrote very impersonal works of scholarship, and reserved his emotions for his poetry. This talk argues that Housman’s different personas and life were far more similar than this stereotype allows, and that he takes similar approaches to queer loss in his verse and his academic work. We will also explore the presentation of Housman’s attempts to deal with loss through the Classics in the fictionalised account of his life found in Tom Stoppard’s 1997 play The Invention of Love. Finally, the talk considers what Housman’s approach to loss as a queer classicist means for queer classicists and for queer people today.

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Jennifer Ingleheart

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Jennifer Ingleheart is Professor of Latin at Durham University, where she has taught since 2004. She has published widely on Latin love poetry and on the ways in which Roman sexuality has influenced the modern world. Her recent projects have focused on Latin as a queer private language and on receptions of Rome in erotica and pornographic works.

Saturday 5th October 2019, 2:30pm to 5pm

The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol (very brief!).

Everyone is welcome to both the AGM and talk. Admission and refreshments are free but a small donation towards the running costs of OutStories Bristol would be appreciated. Please book on Eventbrite so we know numbers.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right.

Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

This is the 6th Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event held by OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to them for sponsoring this event.

Find out more about the IGRCT on their website; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) was a Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights. 5th October is his birthday!

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