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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.

Wider LGBTQ issues

Folder of press cuttings relating to LGBTQ+ life and issues including homophobia, sex education, HIV/AIDS, politics and more.

Also contains press coverage of CLCBLG’s premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road. Titles include: Evening Standard; Capital Gay; Islington Gazette; Guardian; Camden New Journal; Camden and St. Pancras Chronicle; Haringey Advertiser; the Sun; Independent; Enfield Advertiser and more.

Television works

Series contains texts, projects and works for print and television that Forster wrote or contributed to, also including photographs, correspondence relevant to said works. This includes a draft script relating to ‘The Ladies of Llangollen’ (1998) - a documentary drama and ‘Women Like Us’ (1991) - a oral history documentary piece for Channel 4.

Related women’s and lesbian & gay services

Material relating to local women’s and lesbian & gay services.

Includes: Hackney Council Women’s Unit newsletter (Mar 1994); CLCBLG information pack (inc. membership application form and events calendar for 1991/2); Lesbian Archive & Information Centre press release re loss of funding (1991); CLCBLG annual report for 1985/6; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre newsletter (Jun/Jul 1993).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Records of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Series contains material relating to the establishment, management, activities, and eventual closure (c.1996) of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, annual reports, correspondence, flyers, posters, leaflets, press cuttings, message books, workers' logbooks, commissioned research, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Press cuttings and publications (LGBTQ)

Press cuttings labelled ‘Pride 1993 press – non accessed press cuttings’. Includes: National Lesbian & Gay Workers’ Group membership form (n.d.); and cuttings and photocopies from the Guardian and London Lesbian magazine.

Also contains conference papers, publications and journalistic essays, including: ‘Patriarchal Ideology and Agony Columns’ by Mary Louise Ho (British Sociological Association Conference,1982); Lesbian & Gay Freedom Movement newsletter (Autumn 1994); ‘The Politics of Sexual Harassment’ essay, from Off Our Backs (May 1982); ‘Some problems in talking about men’ by Clive Pearson, University of Manchester (BSA Conference 1982); ‘‘Why men oppress women’, or how experiences of sexism can tell us interesting and useful things about women’s oppression and women’s liberation’ by Liz Stanley, University of Manchester (BSA Conference 1982); ‘Mill Life and ‘Peculiar Duties: The lives of women and girls in a nineteenth-century Essex silk town’ by Judy Lown, University of Essex (n.d. [1982]); ‘Economism and Feminism Hidden in the Household: A Comment on the Domestic Labour Debate’ by Angela Miles, St Francis Xavier University (n.d. [1982]); Greenwich Lesbian & Gay Centre newsletter (Oct 1986); Capital Gay 653 (15 Jul 1994); Camden New Journal 450 (3 Oct 1991).

Press cuttings - various (LGBTQ)

Press cuttings from various newspapers and publications, including the Sun, Daily Mail, London Daily News, the Times, the Sunday Times, Today, Capital Gay, Greater London Council paper, Interlink, She, Observer in London, Dogmess, Guardian, Women’s Studies, City Limits, SHE magazine, and many more.

Press cuttings - various (LGBTQ)

Press cuttings from various magazines and publications, covering various aspects of earlier (c.1960s-1970s) lesbian and gay cultural and social life. Publication titles include: Nova (Feb 1967); Titbits (26 Jul 1969); Honey (May 1973); 19 (Jan 1973); Life International (27 Jul 1964); British Journal of Sexual Medicine (Feb 1983); New Scientist (24 Jul 1969); Le Soir (French-language; Nov 1972); Journalist (May 1985); Daily Telegraph (10 Jan 1969); News of the World (16 Nov 1969); and related material.

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