Past Events

Warwick Words History Festival

Lord Leycester Hospital, 60 High Street, Warwick CV34 4BH

Sunday, 11 October 2020 · 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Warwick Words History Festival 2020

Polari Salon with Paul Burston

Southbank Centre

Friday, 31 July 2020 · 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Diana Souhami returns to Paul Burston’s LBGTQ+ literary salon to talk about No Modernism Without Lesbians.

No Modernism Without Lesbians

Five Leaves Bookshop, 14A Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 · 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

More information at the Five Leaves Bookshop website

Modernism Probably Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Lesbians in Paris

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Friday, 1 May 2020 · 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Diana Souhami in conversation with Afshan D’Souza Lodhi about No Modernism Without Lesbians.

More information and booking at the British Library website

No Modernism Without Lesbians

Second Shelf Bookshop, 14 Smith’s Court, Soho, London W1D 7DW

Thursday, 9 April 2020 · 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Talk Radio: Badass Woman’s Hour

Saturday, 4 April 2020 · 7 p.m to 7.45 p.m.

A live interview with Diana Souhami about her new book, No Modernism Without Lesbians.

No Modernism Without Lesbians

The Feminist Bookshop, 48 Upper North Street, Brighton BN1 3FH

Friday, 3 April 2020 · 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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No Modernism Without Lesbians launch event

Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB

Thursday, 2 April 2020 · 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Ladies of the Left Bank

Wiltons Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 · 7:30 p.m.

Paris between the wars was a hotbed of radical female experience, with Gertrude Stein, HD, Djuna Barnes and Mina Loy regrafting identity through the language of feminism and sexual politics. Lisa Dwan, Prudence Chamberlain, Peggy Reynolds and Diana Souhami will celebrate the great poetry of this cohort, the role of their sexuality in shaping Modernism, and their radical feminist perspectives.

Modernism Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Lesbians

The MAC, Belfast

Saturday, 25 March 2017 · 12:30 p.m.

Another scheduled talk by me: part of ‘Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics’ taking place 20-26 March 2017 in Belfast.

The Artist Gluck “no prefix suffix or quotes” and Other Notable Lesbians

Redmonds Lecture Theatre, John Moores University, Liverpool L3 5UG

Friday, 3 March 2017 · 6 p.m.

I will give this talk. It’s the 3rd Allan Horsfall Lecture, sponsored by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in honour of its founder. The event is free but booking is essential.

Tales of Hidden Heroes: Lesbians and Modernism

University Centre, Shrewsbury

Friday, 17 February 2017 · 6.15 p.m.

I will give this talk at the Shrewsbury LGBT History Festival

Gluck, Radclyffe Hall, Violet Trefusis and other Notable Lesbians

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Sunday, 12 February 2017 · 4.30 p.m.

I will give this keynote lecture at the Exeter LGBT History Festival.

Forbidden Lives

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Join author Diana Souhami (The Trials of Radclyffe Hall, Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter), Nigerian activist and asylum seeker Aderonke Apata, The Rt Hon. The Baroness Barker and intersex lesbian activist Valentino Vecchietti as they discuss forbidden lesbian and bi women’s lives from the past to the present with DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska.

International Nurses Day

Salford Health Centre

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The naming event featured talks by Diana Souhami, who wrote a biography of Edith Cavell, and Dr Claire Chatterton of the Open University, who is chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society.

Polari Soho Special

The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7JR

Monday, 11 April 2016 · 6 p.m.

London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon goes back to its Soho roots with this special event for London Book Fair. Hosted by Paul Burston with readings from author Diana Souhami, playwright and actor Alexis Gregory, poet and spoken word performer Keith Jarrett and author and comedian VG Lee. Cocktails and chat from 6 p.m. Readings from 7 p.m., with a bookstall kindly provided by Gay’s The Word.