The Coast Is Queer: Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival is back 🌈

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Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQI literature festival goes online for 2021 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE OF JUNO DAWSON BY JACK LATHAM The Coast Is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s festival celebrating LGBTQI literature returns in digital form from 5-7 February 2021. Now in its second year, the programme of events brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and [….]

Marylyn Tan: “Writing is pretty much the only line I have to community”

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The Singaporean published poet talks all things poetry, religion and the queer scene of her city BY YAIZA CANOPOLI Singaporean poet and artist Marylyn Tan made the news in August last year with a historic win. Not only is she the first woman to win the Singapore Literature Prize for English poetry, but her collection [….]

“The difficulties and the knock-backs make you graft harder”: What it’s like to be a queer poet

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Amy Tollyfield, a published writer and performance poet, tells us all about their career  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY SIMON HOLLIDAY Amy Tollyfield is a published performance poet and the author of two poetry collections – Toy Soldiers and The Suicide – both published by Olympia Publishers.  Based in the UK, Amy lives in Bath, [….]

BOOKS: Valerie Mason-John confronts us with the harsh reality of Black trauma

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I Am Still Your Negro is a bold and enlightening collection of poetry, fit for everyone’s 2020 reading list  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY JUAN LUIS ROD The latest poetry collection from Valerie Mason-John, I Am Still Your Negro touches base on so many of the darker elements of society that we face today. Through [….]

You Brought Your Own Light: A new book of breathtaking and beautiful trans portraits

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We love this new book by photographer Allie Crewe celebrating trans identities BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY ALLIE CREWE Your Brought Your Own Light is a new breathtaking book of transgender portraits by Portrait of Britain 2019 winner, photographer Allie Crewe. It brings together 26 of Allie’s poignant transgender portraits, including the image of Grace, [….]

DIVA COMMUNITY: In conversation with Eleanor Morgan

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Eleanor Morgan joins Polly Shute for an exclusive interview in our Facebook community BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS DIVA has launched a series of DIVA Community exclusive and live Zoom chats with some of our lovely friends and supporters called #TheRileyInterviews. Tomorrow (17 November) at 8pm as part of the series, Polly Shute will be hosting guest spot where she [….]