Welcome

You may notice that the site has undergone a revamp. I felt it was time to update my online identity and to add loads more content to reflect the full range of my writing and research projects. Also included on this site are reflections on my personal involvement in activism related to LGBT identities and mental health awareness. For latest happenings, say Hi to me on Twitter.

Recent additions to the site include my video poem for LGBT History Month 2014 and videos of the flash mobs I've organised in aid of cancer research and as part of Depression Expression mental health awareness in Nottingham. See these on the Latest News page.

Follow my National Poetry Writing Month progressI didn't commit myself to writing 30 poems a month for National Poetry Month in April 2014, although I have been occasionally inspired. To see what I got up to during National Poetry Writing Month in April 2013, click on the icon to the right.

I originally set up this site to encourage other lesbians to write essays, articles and dissertations on lesbian subjects - especially outside of a Lesbian Studies or Women's Studies programme. You can find the full text of a number of my research writings on this site. The earliest of these were written as a BA and then MA student within the English Department at Leicester University, England, 1987-1991. These days my writing interests are less academic.

Other writings here include conference presentations, brief lighthearted articles, recollections in the style of blog posts or memoir and creative works written for the web. Most of these writings continue to be lesbian-themed. For those who prefer something different, it's not all essays and prose fiction. You can find poetry, my coming out hypertext and other creative ideas in my multimedia studio. The studio has links to multimedia creations and videos of me performing my work.

Twitter is probably the best bet for keeping in touch with my thoughts these days. But I have been known to blog at Out on a dike. Don't worry - I intend to be blogging again regularly soon! Unsure where to start? Review a selection of blog articles that reflect key themes.

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I hope these writings provide ideas and inspiration for others working to promote the visibility of lesbians in all areas of life. All I ask is that anyone who quotes from or prints these pages gives full acknowledgement and adequately references the source.