To celebrate, the Cinema Museum is hosting a screening and Q&A with Sarah Waters
BY CHARLOTTE GRIMWADE, IMAGE BY BBC
The Cinema Museum is ending Lesbian Visibility Week (24–30 April) with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tipping The Velvet on 30 April. The event will feature a screening of one episode from the 2002 BBC adaptation, as well as a talk and Q&A with Sarah Waters. The latter will be hosted by Film and Events Curator, Caroline Seddon.
The Cinema Museum is partnering with Britain’s oldest LGBTQIA bookshop, Gay’s The Word, so books will be available to purchase at the event. If this isn’t enough to entice you, Sarah will also be holding a book signing of her other titles and selected favourites after the talk.
Tipping The Velvet is set in South England during the 1890s, following the love story between Nan Astley and Kitty Butler. It explores Nan’s journey with Kitty in London and the tumultuous nature of their relationship and life experiences.
This anniversary celebration aims to highlight the significance of this important piece of lesbian literature, working in tandem with a campaign to save the Cinema Museum. Tipping The Velvet was highly acclaimed upon its release – though some bookshops kept copies restricted to only buyers over 18, the novel’s subsequent television and theatre adaptations have had a huge cultural impact. Celebrating its anniversary allows us to explore developments in the experiences of British lesbians and other LGBTQIA people over the past 25 years.
Standard tickets are £10, with a limited thirty tickets available at £15 for both entry and a copy of the book. Click here to buy your ticket now!
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