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 [….]

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 [….]

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 [….]