Rose Collis

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Rose Collis
Rose Collis (born 1959)[1] is a multi-media writer, alternative historian and performer.

She was born in Wimbledon and has lived and worked in Brighton since 1997. Rose was a key project member in Framed Youth - the revenge of the teenage perverts, a film produced by the Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project in 1983 [2].

She was a member of the world’s first gay ceilidh group, and performs with the Rainbow Chorus. In 2006, she wrote and researched online content for the Icons Project, a national web project on British culture, commissioned by Culture Online. In 2007, she contributed to the online exhibition and website dedicated to the life and works of Joe Orton.[3]

Her books include:

  • Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry (Virago 2000 & 2001)
  • A Trouser-Wearing Character: The Life and Times of Nancy Spain (Cassell 1997 & 1999)
  • Portraits To The Wall, a celebration of lesbian lives hitherto concealed by history (Cassell 1994).
  • The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica (2000)
  • The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton (2010)

With Stephen Watson she created the Brighton Pink Plaques mobile phone app.

In 2021 Collis published a video film 'The Boy and the Bear' [4].


  2. The film won the 1983 British Film Institute Grierson Award for Best Documentary. It was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 1986. see Clifford Williams (forthcoming 2021) Courage to Be: Gay Youth in England 1967-1990 (Book Guild Ltd.)