Making A Difference: Mei Wilshire

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The Repercussions by Catherine Hall


When war photographer Jo returns from her latest assignment in Afghanistan and moves into the Brighton flat she’s just inherited, she hopes to restore equilibrium to her chaotic life. But images and events of her recent past and the reading of her great-grandmother Elizabeth’s diary haunt her night and day, forcing Jo to come to terms with demons she thought she could leave behind.

Written as a long confession to Jo’s ex-girlfriend Susie, alternating with Elizabeth’s account of nursing Indian soldiers at the Brighton Pavilion in 1915, The Repercussions – Catherine Hall’s most ambitious novel to date – is a sweeping narrative dealing with the psychological and emotional reality of war, as well as race, guilt, love and loss.


“Her writing has a terse and fierce precision that tightens into tragic fury.” - The Independent

“A brilliant author.” - Simon Savidge, The Guardian

“A great read with a sharp kick in the tail." - Diva Magazine

"A wonderfully evocative and moving tale, of two strong women deeply affected by the repercussions of war, each in love and facing loss." - The Good Book Guide



Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District and worked in documentary-film production and international peacebuilding before becoming a freelance writer and editor for charities specializing in human rights and development. She is the author of two previous novels: the critically and commercially successful Days of Grace and The Proof of Love, which won the prestigious Green Carnation Prize.

Follow her on twitter @catherinehall99

To buy her novel, go to: Alma Books

Sophie Ward Wows In Return To The Stage

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Gabriel Vick as Richard Newton-Clare and Sophie Ward as Naomi Jacklin

It’s been one hundred years since the First World War; eighty years since Flowers of the Forest was written, seventy-odd years since it was last performed, and yet, the anti-war themes explored within remain more relevant today than I’m sure playwright, John Van Druten, would have hoped.

The GFEST arts programme is announced


This year's GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 visual arts programme - has now been announced.

The eclectic cross art annual event in London’s November calendar is organised by art charity Wise Thoughts and is recognised by high profile MPs, ministers and Mayors of London in the past. GFEST 2014 films, performances and other events programme will be announced soon.


Short & Girlie Show Tour

olympicEight women, three acts, two hours. Are you ready? The Short & Girlie Show have been doing their thing for ten years! The collective are about to do a tour to celebrate working together for so long. g3 got chatting to them.

NEXUS Leeds presents Laughing Cows Comedy

barbaranicehighresSince 1998 Hazel O’Keefe has spearheaded the UK’s only all female comedy club: Laughing Cows Comedy. They’ve hosted big names like Jo Brand, Gina Yashere (Def Jam), Sarah Milllican, Shappi Khorshandi (Live at The Apollo) and Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week) to name but a few. They’re celebrated across Europe for encouraging accessibility and creating safe spaces for women to laugh, love and support great comedy and now they’re working with brand new popup festival NEXUS to bring Laughing Cows to Leeds’ city centre.

Show Me Love Film Screening & Networking Event

We have arranged reduced price tickets for the screening of Show Me Love – part of FLARE (previously London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival).

There will be networking in the Benugo bar from 6.30pm followed by the film at 8.40pm.

Stella Duffy & Catherine Hall Book Event

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Join everyone at Gay's the Word bookshop for this duet author book event for two brilliant authors: Stella Duffy and Catherine Hall.

Event entry £3, payable on the door. Complimentary refreshments provided. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined: The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy (published September 5th)

This collection of short stories brings together, for the first time, a selection of Stella Duffy’s award-winning writing, as well as some of the numerous stories that have been broadcast on radio and appeared in anthologies over the past 20 years. Many of these books are out of print and the radio broadcasts are unavailable; this collection therefore not only highlights the range and variety of her writing, but also breathes new life into some of her best stories.

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