This year’s theme for LGBT History Month is “Geography: Mapping the World”. To celebrate we have put on display at our Singleton Park Library some books, DVDs and other items written by welsh authors.

We have, as our featured author, Jan Morris – well known for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968-1978), a history of the British Empire. She is also recognised for her colourful travel writing including  Trieste and the meaning of nowhere, A writer’s world : travels 1950-2000 and Wales : epic views of a small country.  Jan’s 1974 autobiography Conundrum was one of the first to recount the experience of gender re-assignment.

Other works in the display include autobiographies by Welsh sportsmen – Gareth Thomas’s Proud and Nigel Owens’s Hanner Amser. They both broke down barriers in sport for gay men when they came out publicly. Their work describes the struggles of that journey.

The work of sociologist and gay activist Jeffrey Weeks is also featured. Historian and activist Norena Shopland has been making visible the contribution made to the culture of Wales in her latest book Forbidden Lives (a brand new acquisition for our library collections).


Themes of lesbian love and desire in the Victorian era are explored in the work of Welsh writer Sarah Waters a selection of whose novels and DVDs are displayed. The work of Stonewall Award winning Welsh author John Sam Jones, who wrote Welsh Boys Too and Fishboys of Vernazza is also included. His novels and short stories draw upon the experiences of young gay men in Wales.

And our celebration would not be complete without Swansea born screenwriter and television producer Russell T Davies whose works include Queer as Folk, The Second Coming, Doctor Who and Torchwood.








We hope you enjoy the display!

If you would like to find out more about items we hold on LGBT related themes you may be interested in reading our previous blog post. You will find further reading on the LGBT reading list that we have put together.



February 2nd, 2018

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