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 [….]

EVENTS: Aké Arts & Book Festival 2020 kicks off today!

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Here’s our top picks from this four day celebration of creativity in Africa BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Now in its eighth year, Aké Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, [….]

BOOKS: Kate Davies and Amrou Al-Kadhi announced as winners of the 10th Polari Prizes

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The UK’s only award for books exploring the LGBTQI experience announces it’s 2020 winners  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amrou Al-Kadhi and Kate Davieshave tonight been announced as the winners of the 2020 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only award celebrating literature that explores the LGBTQI experience.  Amrou becomes the 10th winner of the Polari First Book Prize, established in [….]

BOOKS: Five queer Black authors to read this Black History Month

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Some of our favourite Black writers who are transforming queer literature BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We’re sure you’ve been ploughing through your lockdown reading list as the days are getting rainier and the nights are getting longer. There’s no better time than now to pick up a book by a Black queer author [….]