BOOKS: This Queer Angel launch at Gay’s The Word

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Author Elaine Chambers launches her debut book at London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop BY BEATRIZ VASQUES Queer Angel, published by the crowdfunding platform Unbound, narrates Elaine Chamber’s battle with the British Armed Forces – because of her sexuality. Chambers, who was a nurse in the British armed forces in the 80s, was sacked from her position for [….]

André Aciman reveals cover for Call Me by Your Name sequel

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“Elio and Oliver have been with me ever since they visited my pages and they’ve never left” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Logging into Twitter, my heart genuinely stopped beating for a moment. André Aciman just released the book cover for Call Me by Your Name’s sequel, Find Me, and I am overwhelmed. (I’m a little bit of [….]

“Critics don’t look like me”

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Eris Young writes about their experience with DIVA’s Emerging Voices programme, a rare opportunity for queer arts reviewers BY ERIS YOUNG When I sit down with DIVA books editor Kaite Welsh for my mentoring session, she greets me warmly, compliments my fringe (sloppily hand-cut). We do know each other – it was Kaite who emailed [….]

Carol Ann Duffy told me I was gay

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“How had she achieved the task of spinning this raw, wordless pain into neat dimensions, and stunning prose? How had she found me?” BY AYSE “BLUE” HUSEYIN The year was 2013. The summer Orange Is The New Black would drag thousands of women out of the closet by the ankle, the photograph of Angelina Jolie [….]

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 [….]

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 [….]