LGBT events at Worthing Library

WORTHING Library is joining in the celebrations for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month by holding some free events.

The Library Service has been working with West Sussex County Council’s LGBT Staff Group (GLO-WEST) to host a series of talks by authors and performers.

Arcadia Books, which has a strong focus on LGBT related writing, will present two evenings at the library in Stoke Abbott Road.

On Friday, February 4, authors Francis King and Maureen Duffy will be joined by Michael Arditti, author of six acclaimed novels including The Enemy of the Good.

Francis, who came out as a homosexual in the 1970s, lived for many years in Brighton. He will be discussing his 50th novel, Cold Snap. Maureen Duffy, said to have been “Britain’s first lesbian to come out in public”, will return to her hometown to discuss her work, including her lesbian-themed novel, The Microcosm.

Then, on Friday, February 11, Stonewall Writer of the Year 2010, Rupert Smith, and author of the Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories, Peter Burton, will be joined by contributors from Arcadia’s new anthology of international writing, What Love Is to discuss the anthology and other books. Stonewall is a national campaign to promote LGBT equality.

Tickets for the talks are available through Worthing Library, on 01903 704809. Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries for more information.