The Bloomsbury group were not the only people ‘loving in triangles’ in that part of Sussex in the 1920s and 30s. Jane Traies uncovers a transatlantic tangle of same-sex relationships among some of the most distinguished women of the day.
Caroline Spurgeon was a leading academic of her day – the first woman in the UK to become a Professor of English Literature and widely known as the author of important books about Chaucer and Shakespeare. Caroline chose female companionship rather than marriage, and lived quietly in a small Sussex village with her ‘faithful friend of forty years,’ Lilian Clapham. Their graves, lying next to each other in the pretty churchyard, suggest a lesbian idyll – but, on closer inspection, their story is not the simple lesbian romance it appears.
Jane Traies is an academic and author, who gained her PHD in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. Her research has had a particular emphasis on personal histories and giving prominence to the lives of older lesbians. She is the author of The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity & the Life Course.
Tickets are free, but spaces are limited – book in advance to avoid missing out!
We are excited to say that on the day we’ll be running a FREE shuttle bus from Lewes train station to Charleston. Details TBC.
This event is part of OUTing the Past, an international festival of LGBT+ history. Find out more here.