12th January 2017

Sheffield LGBT+ History Month 2017 - Friends of Edward Carpenter and Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) are proud to present a weekend of events to celebrate LGBT+ History Month on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017. The events are held at the Millennium Gallery from 12 noon on Saturday 25th January, and at the HUBS, Sheffield Hallam University Students Union, from 2.30 pm on Sunday 26th February. To see more, click on the picture below to download a programme of events. We really hope to see you there!




24th February 2016

Rights of Passage at the Merlin Theatre, Sheffield on Monday 30th May 2016 - Friends of Edward Carpenter are proud to bring this original production from Clare Summerskill and Artemis Theatre to Sheffield and to the newly renovated Merlin Theatre. An inspirational new play about the struggles and triumphs of people from LGBT communities who have fled to the UK from persecution. What happens when they get to the country that they hope will offer refuge? Who is welcome, who is deported, and who is locked up?


You leave your own country in fear of your life. You come here to be free. But now you are friendless, penniless, jobless, and scared to present yourself to the Home Office, in case they don't believe you - in case they send you back.

Based on interviews with LGBT asylum seekers, Rights of Passage shares the experiences of those who come to the UK from anti-LGBT countries where their lives are under threat. Real-life stories brought to the stage unveil the issues of those who come to the UK and often live under the radar, terrified of being forcefully returned to their country of origin.

Dramatically moving, Rights of Passage is written by the brilliant Clare Summerskill (Once Upon a Lifetime and Gateway to Heaven). More information and ticket information is available here www.cliffordevents.co.uk



2nd January 2016

International Women's Day Concerts - FOEC are proud to present two concerts at The Greystones, Sheffield on 3rd and 4th March in celebration of International Women's Day 2016. The concerts, entitled Coven see a welcome return to Sheffield of O'Hooley & Tidow who did such a great job last year with Out Aloud. Joining them will be award-winning trio Lady Maisery and friend and hero of FOEC, the sublimely talented Grace Petrie. All proceeds from the concerts go to FOEC. More details and tickets are available at www.cliffordevents.co.uk Come and join us for a fantastic evening of music!




17 May 2015

Sheffield Out Aloud Choir and Award Winning Folk Duo O'Hooley & Tidow Concert - Out Aloud, Sheffield's LGBT Choir created a sublime evening of music in collaboration with award-winning folk duo Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow as a fund-raiser for FOEC and celebration for IDAHOT 2015. Out Aloud presented a themed evening of song, celebrating the lives of social pioneers and Lesbian and Gay icons - including Edward Carpenter, Alan Turing, Pussy Riot and John Cage, with moving introductions by the choir's musical director and leader Val Regan. Their performance of John Cage抯 short 3 movement 𔖕3 was the first ever by a choir in Sheffield and created a magical and reflective interlude to the evening of breathtaking music. O'Hooley & Tidow performed songs from their recent album 慣he Hum - 憇urely one of the albums of the year (Robin Denslow, The Guardian) - and collaborated on some of their songs with Out Aloud's 50 plus voices. The impressive Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield was sold-out and the proceeds from the concert were donated to Friends of Edward Carpenter in an amazing show of generosity and solidarity. Thank you Out Aloud, Belinda and Heidi for a fantastic evening!





21st / 22nd February 2015

LGBT Voice and Influence - to celebrate LGBT History Month FOEC presented a programme of events at the Sheffield Millennium Gallery on the weekend of 21st and 22nd February 2015. The programme was entitled LGBT Voice and Influence and included insightful and inspirational talks from Trans women Carole Robson and Nell Stockton, a series of short coming out films made by  Eden Film Productions, music from Grace Petrie and Woodhouse Prize brass band, an Edward Carpenter presentation from Rony Robinson and Sally Goldsmith and a free screening of the film Pride. A discussion took place after the Pride film with Mike Jackson, co-founder of the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group depicted in the film and Barbara Jackson from the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign. It was a wonderful weekend attended and supported by many people. The full programme about the event is available online: www.friendsofedwardcarpenter.co.uk/LGBTVoiceandInfluence.pdf






9th January 2015

LGBT Voice and Influence - FOEC is very proud to present a fantastic programme of events to celebrate LGBT History Month at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February 2015. The programme is entitled LGBT Voice and Influence and includes talks, films, music from Grace Petrie and a brass band?! an Edward Carpenter presentation from Rony Robinson and Sally Goldsmith... The event also includes a free screening of Pride and a discussion afterwards with Mike Jackson, co-founder of the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group depicted in the film. The full programme is available online here: www.friendsofedwardcarpenter.co.uk/LGBTVoiceandInfluence.pdf


We look forward to seeing you there!



17th November 2014

LGBT History Month 2015 - we are currently planning an LGBT event to mark and celebrate LGBT History month. The even will be held on 21st and 22nd February 2015. This will be at a Sheffield city centre venue and the programme will include talks, films, live music and community events and stalls. Details will be announced shortly. Watch this space!

25th March 2014

Sheffield Equal Marriage Fair, Saturday 29th March 2014 - we are delighted to have a stall at Sheffield City Council's Equal Marriage Fair on Saturday 28th March. The event is being held in the Town Hall Reception Rooms from 11am - 3pm. Please stop by to say hello and help us mark and celebrate this equality landmark - see further details here.



30th October 2013

Festive Brass 2, Sunday 8th December 2013 - we are delighted to announce the return of Festive Brass on Sunday 8th December 2013 at St Andrew's Community Hall in Nether Edge. Last year's show was a sell-out and huge success all round. Rony Robinson, Paulette Edwards and the Woodhouse Prize Band are back to provide a great night of festive brass music. Tickets are 8 / 5 conc and are available online here. Not to be missed!

4th July 2013

Graves Gallery Edward Carpenter exhibition - we are delighted to be involved with Museums Sheffield who are holding a special Edward Carpenter exhibition from mid-July to February 2014 at Graves Gallery in Sheffield City Centre. The exhibition will include the rarely exhibited bronze bust of Carpenter by Dorothea Clement and Thomas Binney Gibbs' 1921 portrait. For news of this exhibition, please see our Facebook page and the Museums Sheffield, Graves Gallery website here. FOEC postcards will be on sale during the exhibition. But if you can't get to the exhibition or can't wait to get your hand on some postcards...


Postcards - we have produced some rather special Friends of Edward Carpenter postcards and they are now on sale here. Produced on high-quality, sustainably-sourced card, designed and printed locally in Sheffield, and featuring images from the outstanding Sheffield Archive, these are a great product and we are very proud of them!



12th April 2013

Grace Petrie Live! - our musician in residence Grace Petrie is playing a headline concert at The Greystones on Friday 31st May 2013. Tickets are just 7.00 and the concert is in support of FOEC. Grace's last show at the venue sold out, and following the buzz created from her recent appearance on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, we're sure this one will too. Get your tickets now before they're gone! See: www.cliffordevents.co.uk for details.


FOEC - IDAHO Event - on May 17th Friends of Edward Carpenter are involved with an event being hosted by the Millennium Gallery - which is probably the first of its kind - to mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). From 6.00 - 9.00 p.m. the Millennium Gallery will be hosting series of events commemorating Carpenter's life and works and challenging homophobia and homophobic bullying. There will be a presentation from Friends Of Edward Carpenter and a film. We welcome everyone to come to the event following the IDAHO event in the City Centre. See here for more details.

29th November 2012

Festive Brass - our Yuletide celebration in support of Friends of Edward Carpenter is fast approaching and tickets are now SOLD OUT!


Festive Brass is a traditional, community brass band concert with the Woodhouse Prize Band and our special guest hosts, BBC Radio Sheffield抯 Rony Robinson and Paulette Edwards. This will be a special evening to celebrate the festive season with family and friends. The hall will be trimmed-up for the season and seasonal drinks and food will be available.

15th August 2012

Public Talk - we are delighted that Steve Slack and Mark Scott, two of the co-founders of FOEC, are giving a public talk on Edward Carpenter at Provincetown Public Library, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday 29th August - the same day as Carpenter's birthday. Provincetown is an amazing place and for many years has been a centre for writers, artists and a haven for members of the worldwide LGBT community. There are more details about our talk here.

15th August 2012

Young Folk - there is a report and pictures from our SOLD OUT concert here. The concert, held in the celebrated Backroom venue of The Greystones, featured two outstanding young artists Joe Banfi and Grace Petrie who co-headlined the night. The concert was a HUGE success with many people remarking just how much they enjoyed it and many asking the question: "can we do something like it again please?" Watch this space!

3rd August 2012

Postcards - our brilliant new FOEC postcards - designed and printed here in Sheffield - are on sale here.

4th April 2012

Planning - we have had further talks with Sheffield Council about a site in the city centre and hope to have some encouraging news very soon!  Watch this space.

4th April 2012

Sheffield's Friday Night Ride have arranged an amazing Carpenter ride in two parts for Bank Holiday Monday May 7th to raise funds for FOEC. 

Morning ride: Start Barkers Pool 10.a.m. Route in and around the city, with stops to talk about Carpenter and his life and work. Visit where Carpenter lodged, lectured and spoke in Sheffield. About 10 miles. Finish by 12.00 noon

Picnic lunch...

Afternoon Ride: Start Peace Gardens 1.00 p.m. Cycle out to Millthorpe to pass by places where Carpenter lived and worked on the outskirts of Sheffield and visit Carpenter抯 house at Millthorpe. About 20 miles. Finish approximately 5pm

There is a pdf with details here, including a sponsorship form - you can see the maps of the rides here - and you can see more details on the sfnr website.

3rd April 2012

Events - we have a number of events in the pipeline and are firming up some final details.  One event that is finalised is the Young Folk concert at The Greystones on Saturday July 7th 2012.  an outstanding evening of acoustic music includes Grace Petrie (FOEC musician in residence) and Joe Banfi who will be accompanied by a cellist and bass.  This will be a great night and tickets are only 6.50.  Live music as good as this for the price of a couple of pints.... There are details here: www.cliffordevents.co.uk/youngfolk.htm  We also have a vintage fair in the pipeline, we will be at Sheffield Pride, a Christmas concert... plus a few other surprises!

2nd April 2012

Social networking links - there have been less updates on the website as we sorted out our Facebook and Twitter links which are now live.  You can see some of the additional things we have been up to over the winter months on these pages.  There are links to these on each of the website pages.  We will use the Facebook feed above as the main source of news about FOEC activities, so please spread the word through your own social networks.





26th November 2011

There is a report and photographs from the official launch of Friends of Edward Carpenter held at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Tuesday October 18th 2011 here

25th November 2011

FOEC and the official launch included in a feature by the Yorkshire Post. There is a great article online here: Heart and sole of Gay Godfather.

16th September 2011

The official launch of Friends of Edward Carpenter will be held at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Tuesday October 18th 2011. Our patron, Baroness Gould will be hosting the event. There will be a number of speakers, music from Grace Petrie and an exhibition of work from Paul Dearden. In addition, Sheffield Archives will be in attendance with a number of original pieces from the Edward Carpenter archive.


We will bring you a report and some photographs from the event later in the year..

16th September 2011

We are pleased to announce that for the duration of the Friends of Edward Carpenter community project:

  • Grace Petrie is the official FOEC Musician in Residence - you can find out more about Grace at her website here. Grace will also be playing at the FOEC launch event.

  • Paul Dearden is the official FOEC Artist in Residence - you can find out more about Paul at his website here. Paul will be showing a number of his Edward Carpenter works at the FOEC launch event.

  • Sally Goldsmith and Rony Robinson are the official FOEC Writers in Residence. Sally and Rony can be seen at the Sheffield Off the Shelf festival in October with their Edward Carpenter Out Loud event (see below). Rony will also be offering personal reflections at the FOEC launch event.

13th September 2011

Rony and Sally have confirmed their Edward Carpenter event as part of Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival.

Edward Carpenter Out Loud
Wed 12 October 2011 @ 7.30pm - Central United Reform Church

Edward Carpenter lives! About to get his own memorial, the Victorian gay, socialist, vegetarian, sandal-wearing writer, speaks out in his own city.

Rony Robinson and Sally Goldsmith lift him from the page - hear poems written after sleeping with Walt Whitman, accounts of the simple life, ideas about sex, stories of friendships with Sheffield workers, his song England Arise (all join in now) once as popular as The Red Flag. Chipping in - Whitman and his body electric, Thoreau being ascetic in his hut and Lady Chatterley up to no good in Nottinghamshire. E M Forster抯 Maurice might get a word in.

Details can be found here.

18th June 2011

Whilst still in the planning stages, watch this space for details of our official launch event and, around the same time, Rony and Sally are planning an event for Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival looking at Carpenter's writing, his influences and his influence on other writers.

10th June 2011

FridayNightRide www.sfnr.org.uk - on June 17th, a group of Sheffield cycling enthusiasts are using the longest Friday of the year  to ride from Sheffield to Millthorpe, former home of Edward Carpenter. "The theme of this ride is Free Love and Socialism, - a ride to see the Millthorpe house where Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) - a nationally and internationally renowned radical, socialist activist,  writer and thinker, advocate of free love, early gay activist and 'bohemian', - and sandalmaker - lived from the 1880s to the 1920s."

8th June 2011

Word is already getting around! The Star, Sheffield's local daily, ran a piece in the The Diary on Friends of Edward Carpenter.  As Rony says in the article, it is early days, but it is nice to be receiving some public acknowledgement already.  You can see the piece online here.

1st June 2011

We are delighted to announce Baroness Gould of Potternewton as the Patron of the Friends of Edward Carpenter.  You can read her biography on the Friends page here

20th April 2011

We have received the first four donations to the Friends of Edward Carpenter fund. We are on our way!

2nd April 2011

Fantastic news! The Friends of Edward Carpenter group and project are formed. We have already had meetings with Sheffield City Council representatives, opened a bank account, drafted our charter (to be published here soon), and established the committee. The committee has three members - Kate Flannery, Mark Scott and Steve Slack. We are also delighted to be supported in our efforts by associate committee members, Sally Goldsmith and Rony Robinson. You can see more details about the committee members in the Friends page here.

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