BOOKS: An interview with Vicky Beeching

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Jane Czyzselska chats to Vicky Beeching about her new memoir, Undivided BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When the poster girl for evangelical Christianity realised she was gay, Vicky Beeching felt torn in two. The global church saw her sexuality as sinful – would she have to sacrifice one for the other? In her newly published memoir Undivided, [….]

BOOKS: Queer classics revisited

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Roxy Bourdillon dips her toe into the well of lesbian literature BY ROXY BOURDILLON I started reading about queer women long before I admitted I was one, to myself, my family or the girl I was secretly snogging at sleepovers. It’s funny how sometimes we can’t see what’s right under our nose, even if it’s [….]

BOOKS: Review of The Unwelcome Visitor by Denise Welch

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Denise Welch candidly opens up about her ongoing battle with depression in new autobiography BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The Unwelcome Visitor is the name that TV star Denise Welch gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years.  In her typically candid style, Denise brings humour and honesty to [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: In the shoes of writer and cartoonist Kate Charlesworth

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Cartoonist and writer Kate Charlesworth tells Carrie Lyell about her graphic memoir, Sensible Footwear  BY CARRIE LYELL If you don’t recognise Kate Charlesworth’s name, you’ll definitely recognise her work. A cartoonist, illustrator and writer born in Barnsley in 1950, her work has appeared in the likes of The Guardian, New Scientist, Pink Paper (RIP) and, [….]

BOOKS: Florence Given wants to empower you

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The Instagram star and badass feminist talks to DIVA about her game-changing new book, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty BY GEORGIA BUTLER Florence Given is a vibration, a two-mile deep seismic wave here to thrust this world tits-first into the future. It is in this way that she is also a contradiction. For as much [….]

BOOKS: Review of The Book Of Queer Prophets, curated by Ruth Hunt

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A fascinating collection of 24 writers on sexuality and religion BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBTQI is a sin? That’s what you will find the [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Life-changing books

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LGBTQI writers share their most treasured reads BY ROXY BOURDILLON Stella Duffy The Passion by Jeanette Winterson “There have been many books that changed my life, but one that is relevant to this festival is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. At the time it was published, we writers who were out as lesbian were still expected [….]