In my research I am considering the potential for contemporary lesbian historical fiction to narrate a history of same-sex relationships between women. My investigation has two main components, one critical and one creative. On the criticial side, I am analysing Emma Donoghue's Life Mask and Virginia Woolf's Orlando and the approach of each writer to creating a lesbian fiction in the context of partial, fragmentary and obtuse documentary sources. On the creative side, I am developing my own historical fiction, set in 1928, which combines both invented and real historical characters and events.
Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s award for historical fiction in 2016 for Golddigger.
Nominated for the Oscar Wilde Award for Best Writing at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2014 for Life and Love: Lesbian Style. The cast won the Best Female Performance award.
I have spoken about lesbian history at events for LGBT History Month in 2016, 2017 and 2018, at the international Lesbian Lives conference in 2015 and 2017 and at the European Lesbian* Conference in 2017.
Lesbian history; lesbian fiction; historical fiction; suffragettes; violence against women and girls