Category Archives: History

LGBT History Festival Comes to Bristol

This year the UK ran it’s first ever National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester. It was very successful, and there are plans afoot to hold one again in 2016. However, holding it in just one city limits the number … Continue reading

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Launching Bloodie Bones

Yesterday evening I was in Foyles for the launch of the latest book by my historical novelist friend, Lucienne Boyce. This time she’s gone for a bit of genre-blending, because the book is a mystery, and has a tinge of … Continue reading

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Oxford, Briefly

Yesterday was a lot of fun. The radio show went well after a slight technical hitch at the start. More on that tomorrow. I got to Oxford on time, and Lev Grossman’s talk was very interesting. He’s a very nice … Continue reading

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Trans History Goes To Exeter Pride

I’m delighted to announce that I am taking my trans history talk on the road again. Exeter Pride takes place on Saturday, May 16th. As part of it I will be giving my talk at Exeter Library between 15:30 and … Continue reading

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Sex On Sunday

I spent part of Sunday morning catching up on the final episode of Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s three-part BBC2 documentary series, Sex and the Church. It is a history of the increasingly fraught relationship between Christianity and sex. Part I is … Continue reading

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A Report On My Trans History Talk

Many thanks to Katie Herring for this lovely write-up of my “Potted History of Gender Variance” talk. It is always heartwarming when people enjoy something you have done. Chupchikoni the trans-male penguin is probably my favorite character from the talk … Continue reading

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Trans History Update 2: An Ancient Greek Trans Man

My other update comes courtesy of a Twitter used called Snek who posted an extract from a work by Lucian of Samaosata. Lucian was a Greek writer who lived in what is modern day Turkey under the Roman Empire (2nd … Continue reading

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Trans History Update 1: Assyrian Eunuchs

I did a lot of research for my Trans History talk this year, but I’m already learning new things that I wish I had included. I’ll blog about some of the more spectacular ones here. For this update I have … Continue reading

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History Month: It’s A Wrap

Phew, that’s over! The end of February was very busy (hence the lack of bloggage). Following up on the panel at Bristol University, I was at Bath University on Thursday to give a repeat of my Trans History talk. It … Continue reading

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A Little Ancient History

BBC4 is currently running a short series of archaeology programmes called Digging for Britain. Fronted by Alice Roberts, it provides updates on a range of ongoing investigations around the country. I’ve just caught up with the West Country episode, and … Continue reading

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LGBT History Conference – Day 2

Something has gone very badly wrong with the UKIP weather forecast. It was raining in Manchester when I arrived on Friday. It is forecast to rain tomorrow. But for the entire weekend, when the gays have been celebrating their history … Continue reading

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LGBT History Conference – Day 1

I’m just back from day 1 of the academic conference on LGBT History. It has a two-stream program so I won’t have seen everything, but here’s a quick report on what I did see. The first two papers were ostensibly … Continue reading

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I Do Trans History, With Penguins

I spent yesterday afternoon in Bristol giving a talk on the history of trans people at the M-Shed on behalf of Out Stories Bristol. As you can see from the photo (for which thanks to Mary Milton), I actually had … Continue reading

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February Schedule

It is LGBT History Month, so I’ll be rather busy. On the off-chance that some of you might be daft enough to want to attend one of my talks, of just catch up, here’s where you can find me. Saturday … Continue reading

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History – It’s (Mostly) Fun

I used to really enjoy history as a kid, and I might well have taken it up as a career had my parents not so badly wanted me to be a scientist. Running role-playing campaigns allowed me to indulge my … Continue reading

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Book Review – Straight

OK, so I spent part of Christmas reading a book about sex. It was interesting. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, by Hanne Blank, does exactly what it says on the cover. It looks at the history of the … Continue reading

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Historical Fantasy at Foyles

After the radio show I managed to find Juliet in time for us to have lunch and see a bit of Bristol before the event. Juliet asked to see an art gallery, so I took her up Park Street to … Continue reading

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This Week’s Radio – Judy Darley, Bristol Homeless, Black Identity

I began Wednesday’s show with a few mentions of people. As many of you will know, Caroline Symcox has just been inaugurated as Vicar of Fairford, which is not that far away from Bristol. I suspect that Paul Cornell is … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day, 2014

There won’t be a post from me today. That’s not because I haven’t written anything. It is because the thing that I wrote is in another venue that won’t be published until Monday. What venue is that? I hear you … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima – Israel, Serbia & Iraq

Thanks to my uncle, and Tracy the cleaner, holding the fort during the day I was able to get up to Bristol to do my radio show today. This was a great relief as I had a busy show planned. … Continue reading

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