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Issue 3 . Winter 1997

Widening the Circle of Our Friends . Arena Three . Hove Flat Murder? . Paul Richards, 1964-1996 . What I Did in my Holidays

Widening the Circle of Our Friends!

Welcome to our third newsletter - and an especially warm welcome to all our new members. The Friends of Brighton Ourstory Project now number over a hundred; it's great to know there are so many enthusiasts for lesbian and gay history out there. A big thank you to those of you who have offered your support for our work - whether with your donations of archive material, financial support, or your life-story: all of it is crucial in allowing us to keep on extending the knowledge of our history throughout the lesbian and gay community.

Since our highly acclaimed exhibition at Brighton Library this summer - which attracted visitors from as far away as Australia! - we have been offered very welcome donations to the archive collection - from the utterly fabulous promotional material of the late Andre Adore to a pile of Arena Threes, the pioneering lesbian publication of the 1960s, for photocopying and fascinated perusal.

Following the sad demise of Brighton Lesbian Line, we were also delighted to be offered records of their general activity since 1983, (without, of course, anything which would identify individual callers).

At the time of writing, our plans for next year's Brighton Festival and Brighton Pride are still being finalised - but they are looking good: watch this space!

Pink Plaque Guide

Some of our readers may not be aware of Andrew Le Flohic's lovely booklet Painting it Pink! Homes and Haunts of Creative Talents of Queer Interest in Brighton and Hove which traces the lilac and lavender footsteps of twenty-two women and men, including the relatively unknown figures of Edward Knoblock and Marie Corelli. Published by Homo Made Books, it's available from Out!Brighton in Dorset Street.

Help Us to Make History

We need help to look out for and cut out lesbian and gay stories from the Evening Argus. We're currently suffocating under a pile of Evening Arguses between whose pages nestle glittering gems of tomorrow's lesbian and gay history. Come along, with or without your scissors, on Sunday 14th December at 2pm. Mince pies and mulled wine, if you're lucky! Phone Margaret if you can help.


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