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Young lesbians

Material relating to young lesbians, including correspondence, newsletters, information literature, and meeting minutes.

Includes material from Lesbian Information Service (including Alcohol, Older Lesbian and Youth sections), Stonewall Postal Action Network, Lesbians on the Loose, London Irish Women’s Centre, Lesbian Youth Support Information Service (LYSIS), Young Lesbian Vox Pop (based in NW England), Samaritans, and other groups.

Young British and Black

Some of Barbara's notes on a piece of non-fiction prose she was writing, explaining her motiviations for undertaking the writing project. In the notes she identifies that the final piece will be called either "Young British and Black", "Building Our Own Mirror" or "Part of Me is a Stranger". There are three copies of these notes.

Writing

Series includes printed, typed and handwritten materials including drafts, correspondences and newspaper clippings regarding the writing of Forster (sometimes named Mackenzie). This includes 1 file titled ‘Jackie Novel’ containing 2 drafts of ‘The Seven Galateas’, a novel written by Jacqueline Mackenzie (n.d. c.1960). Another file contains proofs, press, correspondence and edited drafts relating to ‘Rocking the Cradle’ (1981), a book written by Forster about lesbian motherhood. Another file contains materials related to a chapter called ‘Metamorphosis’ featured in a book by Veronica Groocock called ‘Changing our Lives’ where Forster features on the cover. Files also contain early writing by Forster, then Mackenzie called ‘Petal Power’, a preface to the Pink Plaque Guide and correspondence re proposals for Forster’s autobiography, sample chapters, questionnaires, article drafts and newspaper clippings, often attached to typed drafts and interviews for publications such as Pink Paper, Gay News, Kenric Newsletter, Sappho (including transcripts of debates), Women in Media,Women’s Equality Group Newsletter, Pride UK Launch 1998, a Sparerib (1988) and several obituaries of known lesbians within her community.

Workshops and training

Supplementary materials (including worksheets, workshop outlines/plans, questionnaires, attendee feedback forms) for workshops and ONYX discussion groups on issues such as sexism & homophobia in the Black community, lesbian sex, looking at issues facing lesbians & gays, cultural/racial/class stereotyping. Also includes copy of ‘In Focus: Minority within a Minority – Gay People of Color’ article from Class magazine (Sept 1991).

Works

This series contains draft copies of many of Barbara's literary works, including Patterns, Gennis, The Threshing Floor, Trooping of the Colour, Elysian Fields, Dreen, Finders Keepers, Martha, The Way She Walks, A Widow Born and a collection of Poetry.

Workers' reports

CLCBLG workers’ reports, c. late 1980s-early 1990s. Written by CLCBLG workers and members, these reports provide comprehensive written accounts of major developments re: premises, events, administration, outreach, childcare, and other facets of the organisation and operations of CLCBLG.

Workers' reports

CLCBLG workers’ reports. Written by CLCBLG workers and members, these reports provide comprehensive written accounts of major developments re premises, events, administration, outreach, childcare, and other facets of the organisation and operations of CLCBLG between 1984-1987.

Workers' meeting minutes book

CLCBLG minutes of workers’ meetings.

Issues and topics include: safe spaces for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour; workshops and events; budget, fundraising and finances (inc. wages); connections to other community, feminist, and lesbian groups; practical, procedural and logistical issues such as childcare provision, access to premises, accessibility; strategy and direction of CLCBLG.

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