LGBT literature was my saviour

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Rachel Burgin reveals how queer books helped her find her community New Year. New Start. That’s what they say isn’t it? Time to start saving for that dream holiday, look for an inventive career change, or maybe tell the person you’ve been crushing on for the last year that you love them. For some, it’s [….]

Introducing DIVA’s Emerging Voices

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Want to be a guest book reviewer for DIVA? Read on… As the arts pages in print media shrink and unpaid opportunities proliferate, it’s getting harder and harder for talented reviewers from marginalised backgrounds to get a foot in the door. The annual VIDA review looking at the number of female writers being reviewed and [….]

A beginner’s guide to queer poetry 📓

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Fancy a dip into the world of queer poetry but not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. BY MOLLY MOSS  Wordy folk, ASSEMBLE… 📚 Here’s our go-to list of inspiring queers under the influence of beats (that you should definitely check out right now). LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA Based in Oakland, Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer, disabled, nonbinary femme [….]

Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Jeanette Winterson commemorate Brontë sisters

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The four women remember Brontës with multi-site artwork commissioned by Bradford Lit Fest BY ANGIE NEEDHAM  Writers Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay, along with musician Kate Bush, and novelist Jeanette Winterson, are to commemorate the Brontë sisters with a public art piece at Bradford Literature Festival. The permanent, multi-site artwork was commissioned by the Bradford [….]

Seven queer novels you probably should be reading

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Need some bookspiration? BY BRODIE CRELLIN  Just like the selection of lez/bi films on Netflix, lesbian fiction can be a bit disappointing… Hugely underrepresented, queer female characters have the tendency to end up either dead or completely straightened out. Which means we end up returning to old classics to find some genuinely good queer stories about [….]