Norena Shopland

Norena Shopland specialises in researching, recording, and promoting LGBT+, history.

Her acclaimed book Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren Books) is the first completely historical work on Welsh sexual orientation and gender identity. Other works include: The Veronal Mystery which examines a real-life gay crime; A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA Historic Records (Routledge, November 2020) and Women in Men’s Clothes: from cross-dressing to empowerment (Pen and Sword, June 2021).

Norena co-authored an important free resource for LGBT+ researchers which can be downloaded on

Keep an eye out for forthcoming workshops on research techniques.


Twitter: @NorenaShopland

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