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West Sussex libraries celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history month

West Sussex libraries are celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history month in February with three exciting events.

The service has been working closely with the LGBT group in the county, called Glo-West, in a bid to bring some of the UK’s most popular authors and performers to the Crawley, Worthing and Shoreham branches. These include:

· Novelist Stella Duffy at Crawley Library on Wednesday February 15: The two-times winner of the Stonewall Writer of the Year award will be answering questions about her books from 7pm. She will be joined by author Jonathan Kemp – whose novel, “London Triptych”, about the UK’s gay underworld, won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

· Writer and alternative historian Rose Collis at Shoreham Library on Tuesday February 7: The East Sussex-based artist will perform excerpts of her new one-woman musical show, “Trouser-Wearing Characters”, before it goes to the Brighton Fringe Festival in May. The event starts at 7pm.

· A talk on The Bloomsbury Group of Charleston House at Worthing Library on Monday February 13: Visitor’s manager Darren Clarke will be speaking from 7pm about how the farmhouse was once a meeting place for writers and painters, known as the Bloomsbury group, which included Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader, Lionel Barnard, who oversees the Library Service, said: “We are pleased to help mark the celebrations of this national event by showcasing some of the UK’s finest talent in our area.

“Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a library member or part of the LGBT community to attend.

“The events cost just £3 each but places are limited and may need to be booked in advanced.”

For tickets contact Crawley Library on: 01293 651751, Worthing Library on: 01903 704 809 or Shoreham Library on: 01243 454 438. Alternatively visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries.