BOOKS: We’re here, we’re queer

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Meet the regulars of Scotland’s queer bookshop… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGES BY PAUL REICH Located in the south side of Glasgow, Category Is is a brand spankin’ new, “fiercely independent” queer bookshop – and we’re a little bit in love with it.  The literary lovechild of dyke-wife double act Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott, the two [….]

BOOKS: No Modernism Without Lesbians

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Author Diana Souhami talks to Jane Czyzselska about how women who love women became a revolutionary force BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When she was growing up, Diana Souhami says there was no vocabulary for what she felt she was. Born in 1940 – “I’ll be 80 this year” she says proudly – the references to homosexuality [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: An interview with Jeanette Winterson

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Acclaimed author Jeanette Winterson on Susie Orbach, sex bots and going into politics BY ROXY BOURDILLON Jeanette Winterson’s 1985 debut, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was famously inspired by her experience growing up gay in a strict Pentecostal community. Since then she has continued to boldly explore themes of sexuality and gender in her [….]

BOOKS: Return to Lesbos

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Behold, the seductive, subversive world of lesbian pulp fiction BY ROXY BOURDILLON Madame Butch, Demon Dykes, Satan Was A Lesbian. No, I’m not brainstorming riot grrrl band names. I’m getting your attention, using the titillating titles of mid-century novels. You see, when I hear “pulp fiction”, I don’t think of Uma Thurman in a black [….]

BOOKS: The Big Book of LGBTQ+ Activities

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Amie Taylor shares her story behind creating an LGBTQI friendly children’s book BY AMIE TAYLOR This time last year, I was spending my days typing up stories of parade-loving princesses, homophobic unicorns and super-speed spells in my first book writing adventure. I had been pitching some LGBTQI picture books to publishers and agents for some [….]

BOOKS: Join Sophie Ward’s book launch via Zoom this evening

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After being long-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize, Love And Other Thought Experiments launches in paper-back format today BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS You may already be pretty excited about Love And Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward as it was announced last week as one of the novels long listed novels for the Booker Prize for Fiction [….]