Filmmaker talks at Salford for LGBT Month

FUNNY: Summerskill is speaking about her film Queens Evidence at Salford Uni

PERFORMER Clare Summerskill will visit University of Salford as part of LGBT History Month.

Stand-up comedienne, actress, writer and singer-songwriter, Summerskill is appearing at the university to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month on 16 February 2010 and to talk about her film ‘Queens Evidence’.

The movie looks at the relationship between the police and the LGBT community over the last 60 to 70 years.

It was made in response to the low reporting levels of the newly introduced hate crimes law, by older LGBT people.

As a writer Summerskill has worked for many years in theatre and for radio and has just had her first book published. ‘We’re the Girls’ is a collection of her comedy monologues, favourite song lyrics and a few short stories.

She has her own professional theatre company, ARTEMIS Theatre Company and also performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs.

Summerskill, who has been described as “one of the funniest women in the country”, is the twin of Ben Summerskill OBE, chief executive of Stonewall.

LGBT History Month takes place every year in February to celebrate the lives, achievements and histories of LGBT people in the UK. This year’s patron is Welsh rugby star Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas – the first international rugby union player to come out as a gay man.

“We are delighted that Clare can be with us to talk about her film,” Vice-Chancellor Prof Martin Hall, the university’s patron of LGBT History Month, said.

“As a university we are committed to supporting our LGBT colleagues and students. And given our commitment and promise of continued support it is fitting that our university is hosting this important event – at a time when we are seeing a rising level of homophobia in schools and colleges.”

The event – which has been organised by the university’s LGBT Research Network – will be held at the Old Fire Station, Council Chamber, from 5:30pm until 9:00pm.

To find out more contact, Ben Light on 0161 295 5443 or b.light@salford.ac.uk or Steve Pugh on 0161 295 2375 or s.e.pugh@salford.ac.uk.

To book your place, please contact Deborah Woodman on 0161 2952801 or email: d.woodman@salford.ac.uk.

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