Sat, 16 Feb | The Hive

Invisible Women & A Lesbian Life

An afternoon of film telling universal stories of oppression and exclusion faced by LGBT people in the Thatcher era
Invisible Women & A Lesbian Life

Time & Location

16 Feb 2019, 14:00 – 17:00
The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, UK

About the Event

A very special double-bill: Invisible Women & A Lesbian Life: Outing the 70s & 80s

The first of two half-hour films plus discussion

Invisible Women: Angela and Luchia have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights— and yours. They revolutionised the lives of thousands of women and yet no record of them exists. Theirs is a story that risks disappearing from history - until now. Invisible Women tells the incredible story of these pioneers, from running out on a lobotomy to starting the Gay Liberation Front in the north, from rocking with the Northern Women’s Rock Liberation Band to taking on Margaret Thatcher and Section 28. Both Angela and Luchia will be joining us.

A Lesbian Life: Outing the 70s & 80s: A unique filmed-interview with Amanda Russell who will be joining us, along with film-producer Janet Jones for some after-screening discussion. Amanda was Manager of Gays the Word bookshop in London at the time it was raided by HM Customs who seized imported books that they deemed ‘obscene’. This was 1984 and the bookshop Directors were charged with conspiracy - but we won’t spoil it - come and find out what happened next.

Amanda and Film-make Janet Jones will both be joining us.

The discussion

Alongside Angela, Luchia, Amanda and Janet will be Frankie Green in a discussion Chaired by Sue Gorbing from Shrewsbury LGBT History.

Frankie was a '60s activist in the anti-apartheid and anti-Vietnam war movements, and the 1970s Gay Liberation Front and the Women’s Liberation Movement. She played drums in two early feminist groups before working in the Sisterwrite collective, volunteering at Lesbian Line and campaigning against Clause 28 in the 80s. Recent activism includes anti-pinkwashing protests with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Frankie has also set up an archive documenting feminist music-making in the UK Women’s Liberation Movement

Tickets available from The Hive Box Office:, 01743 234970, 5 Belmont Shrewsbury SY1 1TE (Box office open 9am - 5.30pm Tues - Fri)

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