avatar With a glint in my hair

Submitted 2006 for Crowning Glory, a collection of original writing about women and hair edited by Mandy Ross. The book has a great contents list but, unfortunately, still no publisher.

The story as I remember it is that when mum told my grandmother (her mother-in-law) I was a lesbian, gran didn’t seem fazed at all. “Well, she has always worn trousers,” gran said. I wasn’t there so I don’t know if this is all she said. But if she mentioned my shaved head, mum didn’t repeat that part to me. Perhaps, for my grandmother, trousers were the constant signifier. more

avatar Stories of Origins

29 September, 2006

I don’t know what light my early poems and drawings might shed on the woman and poet I am now, but I know I’m very glad that I’ve kept them. The Woman-Stirred women have been discussing our earlier lives this week, and wondering why we choose to share certain stories and images with each other. Are we simply looking to build connection, and sharing whatever aims to do that best? Or are we deliberately constructing a particular image, a preferred image for all the others to see? more

avatar Lesbian Legacies

8 September, 2005

I understand Mary’s delight in discovering Lillian Faderman’s commentaries and encyclopaedic knowledge of lesbian literature; plus Faderman’s understanding of writing which, if not always historically appropriate to claim as ‘lesbian’, certainly has resonances for a lesbian audience and inspires today’s reader with its Woman-Stirred background. more