Clare SummerskillClare Summerskill PhD is a freelance academic, an oral historian, a playwright and a lesbian comedienne and singer-songwriter. Her publications include Gateway to Heaven: Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History (Tollington Press, 2012), Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories (Routledge, 2019), and she co-edited the recently published New Directions in Queer Oral History. Archives of Disruption (Routledge, 2022). Her plays include Rights of Passage, based on interviews with lesbian and gay asylum seekers in the UK, and Hearing Voices, based on the experiences of patients on a secure psychiatric ward. She regularly tours her one-woman comedy shows to theatres around the UK and the US, bringing lesbian humour to the forefront of alternative comedy.   Since attaining her doctorate in 2019 from Royal Holloway, University of London, Clare has worked as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities. She co-founded the Oral History Society’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group and worked as an outreach oral historian for two years at London Metropolitan Archives, supervising trainee volunteers and interviewing over fifty LGBTQ Londoners.   Clare is a patron of several LGBTQ organisations including Kenric, London Gay Symphony Orchestra, East London Out Project (ELOP), Mind Out, Diversity Choir, and Educate & Celebrate.
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