Therapeutic weekend in celebration of gay lib
IN the gap between Christmas and New Year, Terry and I were invited to enjoy a magnificent candlelit dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of gay liberation at an intriguing Victorian mansion in North Derbyshire.
Originally the home of a coal magnate, Unstone Grange is impressive, peaceful and surrounded by mature trees and became a cosy, convivial home to a gathering of men allied in same-sex attraction.
Hosts Richard McCance, Joseph Nicholas and Tony Challis arranged a three-day weekend including country walks, supportive conversations and story-telling.
I was asked to chat about my books to an informal audience infused with warmth and mutual affection. This was the secret of Unstone! Richard, Joseph and Tony had succeeded in creating a chemistry of kindness in which we all felt able to share personal issues.
For some people who have felt isolated, the result was fresh air, exercise and a dose of healing therapy.
The next Unstone event will be February 1-3, focusing on creative writing. For details, call Richard on 0115 9780124 or e-mail email@example.com