Diversity at People's Uni ...

March 03 2018

THE People’s University brought a bit of glitter to a grey February Fishponds, in a collaboration with Drag Queen Story Time.

THE People’s University brought a bit of glitter to a grey February Fishponds, in a collaboration with Drag Queen Story Time. 

Drag Queen ‘Sally Savage’  - complete with sequinned heels, dress, tiara and a glittery beard - read Dr Seuss and other popular tales to a packed Old Library of families, including more than a few children in similar fancy dress.

Drag Queen Story time was set up in Bristol by student Tom Canham, and has become a national phenomenon since taking Bristol Pride by storm in 2017. 

‘Sally’ was a big hit with children and parents alike. 

Organiser Kate Brooks said: “It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but we were very pleased DQST could come to Fishponds. Children love dressing up, before they start to get self conscious about what are  ‘boys’ clothes and ‘girls’ clothes so this was a fun way of celebrating how such restrictions can be playfully challenged. Children aren’t born prejudiced - in fact one little girl was adamant that next time, Sally should ‘look more like Elsa from Frozen! It was a lovely, inclusive and positive event and we were honoured be part of DQST’s campaign.”

• The People’s University is planning another diverse series of events, including talks on owls, unusual musical instruments, a poetry slam and a visit from the UK hub for animation and puppetry: The Puppet Place, as well as a talk from Voice horticultural expert Tim  The City Gardener  Barton! For info see: www.peoplesuniversityoffishponds.