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 [….]

Don’t shush me: Is your library stocking LGBT books?

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Hannah Murphy is on a mission to give LGBT books pride of place on our library shelves BY HANNAH MURPHY  Successful campaigns such as Stonewall’s Come Out For LGBT and Rainbow Laces have highlighted how important visibility is in tackling intolerance. However, it can be difficult for individuals to become involved in these campaigns and [….]

Lucy Sutcliffe: “Even if it’s terrible, just write”

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The author, film-maker and YouTuber gives her advice to aspiring novelists BY ROXY BOURDILLON  We heart Girl Hearts Girl. Lucy Sutcliffe’s must-read memoir is uplifting and relatable. It’s all about growing up gay in rural Oxfordshire and falling head over heels for the very first time. As huge fans of her work, both as an author [….]

Inside Gay’s The Word

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Uli Lenart gives an insider’s perspective on the UK’s first and last surviving dedicated lesbian and gay bookshop. BY ULI LENART  FROM THE VAULTS I’ve worked as a bookseller and manager at Gay’s The Word bookshop for just over 11 years, so I feel a deep sense of connection to the little place.  In fact we [….]