NEWS: GLAAD Chair Pamela Stewart to give keynote for Bold Strokes Books supporting LGBTQI authors

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An online literary festival taking place this weekend, featuring your favourite Bold Strokes Books authors  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Have you already raced through your lockdown reading list? Are you looking for a weekend activity that will introduce you to a whole host of LGBTQI writers?  LGBTQI fiction publisher Bold Strokes Books is hosting a three [….]

BOOKS: The Seduction by Joanna Briscoe

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DIVA meets the iconic lesfic writer to chat all about her brand-new novel BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Just when you thought you’d completed your lockdown reading list, best-selling author Joanna Briscoe is back with a brand-new addictive novel. Now the author of six novels and several short stories, Joanna has delved into the realm of psychology [….]

BOOKS: An interview with Vicky Beeching

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Jane Czyzselska chats to Vicky Beeching about her new memoir, Undivided BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When the poster girl for evangelical Christianity realised she was gay, Vicky Beeching felt torn in two. The global church saw her sexuality as sinful – would she have to sacrifice one for the other? In her newly published memoir Undivided, [….]

BOOKS: Queer classics revisited

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Roxy Bourdillon dips her toe into the well of lesbian literature BY ROXY BOURDILLON I started reading about queer women long before I admitted I was one, to myself, my family or the girl I was secretly snogging at sleepovers. It’s funny how sometimes we can’t see what’s right under our nose, even if it’s [….]

BOOKS: Review of The Unwelcome Visitor by Denise Welch

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Denise Welch candidly opens up about her ongoing battle with depression in new autobiography BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The Unwelcome Visitor is the name that TV star Denise Welch gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years.  In her typically candid style, Denise brings humour and honesty to [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: In the shoes of writer and cartoonist Kate Charlesworth

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Cartoonist and writer Kate Charlesworth tells Carrie Lyell about her graphic memoir, Sensible Footwear  BY CARRIE LYELL If you don’t recognise Kate Charlesworth’s name, you’ll definitely recognise her work. A cartoonist, illustrator and writer born in Barnsley in 1950, her work has appeared in the likes of The Guardian, New Scientist, Pink Paper (RIP) and, [….]

BOOKS: Florence Given wants to empower you

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The Instagram star and badass feminist talks to DIVA about her game-changing new book, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty BY GEORGIA BUTLER Florence Given is a vibration, a two-mile deep seismic wave here to thrust this world tits-first into the future. It is in this way that she is also a contradiction. For as much [….]