Writing a Diverse History, with Norena Shopland – Abergavenny Writing Festival
The population of Wales accounts for 4.8% of the UK – and diversities within the country rarely exceed 20%; people with hearing loss account for around 19%, blind about 3%, and black and Asian around 17%. How then, does one find, and write, a history that will appeal to 80+% of the UK? Particularly when that history is a controversial one, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (6-10% of the UK population)?
Using the methods developed to write Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales, Norena Shopland explains how she found hidden people from history and how she made it relevant to everyone. Methods which can be applied to any history of diversity.
Norena Shopland has worked with leading heritage organisations and has extensively researched the history of LGBT people and issues in Wales for 15 years. Her work has appeared in the Welsh press, radio and TV and she regularly provides advice and support on the history of LGBT people in Wales.
This event is part of the Abergavenny Writing Festival. See the full programme on their website.