OFF THE PAGE
An afternoon with Lesbian authors
July 3rd, 2021 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Get in between the pages and meet lesbian authors face to face
With comedian Monica Dullard to MC
At Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston
Enjoy an afternoon of readings and a panel discussion
with established and emerging lesbian authors.
Tickets $10 Matrix members $15 Non-members
Matrix IWD Afternoon Tea
There was a wave of anticipation and a sense of excitement as the Matrix committee set up the hall in Darebin Parklands for afternoon tea on March 13th. It was a joyous occasion, Matrix’s first live event in over a year, and a celebration of women for International Women’s Day. This was no casual afternoon tea, with the bring a plate ease afforded to pre Covid times, but a carefully planned and coordinated event to ensure that all those who attended, all those lovely lesbians, remained lovely.
The year or so since Matrix has been able to offer live events and invite women to share lesbian space has seen many changes in all our lives, including the operating of Matrix. There has been many a Zoom committee meeting where we have lamented our inability to offer Matrix members social gatherings. The committee did reach out to members through our news and at our Zoom AGM. Matrix also reached out through phone calls, many of which were made by our greatly missed member, Lyndel Robinson.
This afternoon tea was a reminder then of the members we have lost over the time of Covid, Anah Holland-Moore, Lyndel Robinson and Pat Rooney. But it also celebrated women as part of International Women’s Day, and celebrated the continued existence of Matrix itself with two celebratory cakes, both of which were ceremoniously cut by founding members of Matrix, Vera Ray and Jean Taylor.
Despite the inclement weather (a planned walk in Darebin Parklands, guided by Marg De Kam was abandoned) we had a full house, within Covid guidelines. It was wonderful to see so many members enjoying themselves. Coleen Clare, gave a short speech of welcome and several other members addressed the gathering. There was a fantastic feminist quiz, devised by Loretta Smith, which was a lot of fun. It was great to see so many women engaged in face-to-face conversation once again, and enjoying the cornucopia of delights that was afternoon tea.
The buzz of excitement lingered as the members left after a very successful afternoon. Thanks to all the members of the committee for contributing to this event and to the members, without whom there would be no event.
Welcome back to Matrix Live everyone!
– Penny Anggo (Committee Member)