Making History in San Francisco

Saturday 12 September, 1pm, New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Hilary McCollum speaking in San Francisco

Hilary McCollum speaking in San Francisco

During a trip to San Francisco in September, I spoke at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, about the role of fiction and drama in reclaiming the hidden histories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Every community needs its history. LGBT history month has played a vital role in recovering the often hidden lives of LGBT people. But gaps remain, especially for groups who had less access to recording their stories. Fiction and drama can fill these gaps. In doing so, storytellers can help both lesbian and gay people and the wider community to understand themselves and the history that has shaped them.

The event also saw the American launch of my novel, Golddigger, a love story and epic quest spanning the California gold rush and Irish famine. The story was inspired by a collision of Kanye West’s hit song and Randy Shilt’s The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, which includes an account of San Francisco’s gay history dating back to the gold rush.

Claire Dooher hosting San Francisco launch of Golddigger

Claire Dooher hosting San Francisco launch of Golddigger

 

Ed Decker and Barbara Hodgen went out of their way to make me welcome and Claire Dooher proved a wonderful MC, as always. I was delighted to have Karin Kallmaker, who offered me the chance to publish Golddigger while she was Editorial Director at Bella Books, in attendance. And I even got an idea for a new novel out of the discussion following my reading. A great day.

 

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