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Call for expressions of interest - decorated with pink, turquoise and black polka dots, starts and squiggles. Headline: LGBTQIA+ Loneliness and Belonging Discussion Workshops, 5/12/19 October 2021. We are running a series of three free workshops for LGBTQIA+ people in the South West of England, in collaboration with regional charity Intercom Trust, to explore experiences and histories of  loneliness and belonging.  With guidance from Playwright, Natalie McGrath, you will get the chance to explore your creativity through short writing exercises and shape your own response to LGBTQIA+ loneliness and belonging. Your contributions will inform the development of a new play about LGBTQIA+ loneliness. 'The Beat of Our Hearts' is being written by Natalie and will be staged at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre in LGBT+ history month, February 2022.  Workshops will take place online on Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm. We encourage people to apply who can commit to all three workshops.  In a separate blue box: Who can participate?  Are you aged 26+? Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/non-binary, queer,  asexual, and/or intersex (or have a variation in sex characteristics)? Are you based in South West England?   Click here to register for the workshops: Please register your interest by 26th September.   This workshop series is part of an AHRC-funded project based at the University of Exeter:

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Please also note:

  • To thank you for your time, you will be given £30 after each workshop (£90 in total for the series of three workshops). You will also receive a free ticket to the play in Exeter in 2022.
  • We particularly encourage enquiries from potential participants aged 60+.
  • Workshops will take place on Zoom on 5th, 12th and 19th October, with a maximum of 10 participants.

Click here to register your interest and we will send you more information.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Richard by email:


Accessibility info

To improve the accessibility of the workshops, Zoom automatic closed-captions will be turned on; the Zoom chat will be open for written contributions; and if you use Sign Language, we can book a BSL or ASL interpreter. Care/access support bursaries will also be available. More information about how we will make our workshops accessible will be available on our information sheet, which you will receive when you register your interest. We’re also open to access requests before the workshops start.

About us

The LGBTQIA+ Loneliness and Belonging Discussion Workshop series is part of ‘The Beat of Our Hearts: Staging New Histories of LGBTQIA Loneliness’, an engaged research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England, and led by researchers based at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter. We collaborate with community partners to explore lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ isolation, connection, and belonging in Exeter and its surrounding area in the South West.

This project received ethics approval from the University’s ethics committee (ref number: 488238). It is led by Dr Charlotte Jones (PI) and Dr Richard Vytniorgu (PDRA), in collaboration with Natalie McGrath, Dr Fred Cooper, Intercom Trust, and Exeter’s Northcott Theatre.