BOOKS: Tell Me I’m Forgiven

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A fan of Gentlemen Jack? Then you’re going to love the story of forgotten stars, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney… BY ALISON CHILD. IMAGE COURTESY OF TELL ME I’M FORGIVEN. Introducing a “new” story to delight fans of historical lesbian dramas like Gentleman Jack and Tipping The Velvet: Tell Me I’m Forgiven: The Story Of [….]

Books: Exploring lesbian love in With Some Wild Woman

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DIVA looks ahead to the launch of author Jill Gardiner’s new collection of poetry  Great news, book lovers! Jill Gardiner will be launching her new book With Some Wild Woman – Poems 1989-2019, with a reading on 28 November at Gay’s The Word.  With Some Wild Woman is a poetic journey through one woman’s life [….]

BOOKS: “Wibbly-wobbly, gender-blendery stuff”

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Meg-John Barker navigates gender through space and time in new graphic novel BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. ILLUSTRATIONS JULES SCHEELE. Meg-John Barker’s second graphic novel Gender: A Graphic Guide is out now. Here, the author tells DIVA how they relate to the book on a personal level and muses about the future of gender in all [….]

Jack the lass: Thanking Helena Whitbread

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“Before Sally Wainwright, Helena Whitbread spent some 35 years painstakingly transcribing the diaries of Anne Lister” BY CLARA BARLEY, IMAGE HELENA WHITBREAD AND CLARA BARLEY. Halifax has seen a host of events this year about the now infamous Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack. But before Sally Wainwright catapulted her onto TV screens on both sides [….]

DIVA X Gay’s The Word: In Kate Charlesworth’s Shoes

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EVENT: In Conversation with Kate Charlesworth, author and illustrator of Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide On October 24 2019, DIVA magazine teams up with London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop Gay’s The Word to present an evening with author and cartoonist, Kate Charlesworth. Recently long-listed for the Portico Prize, Kate’s graphic memoir Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide [….]

REVIEW: The Coast Is Queer 🏳️‍🌈

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Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival had a glorious first year in the seaside city BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY ROSIE POWELL The first year of The Coast Is Queer confirmed just how popular and successful queer literature is and always will be. Members of the LGBTQI community from all age groups turned up to show their support [….]

BOOKS: DIVA meets lesfic author Claire Highton-Stevenson

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“Lifting each other, promoting one another, that’s where the true authenticity appears as queer authors” 📚 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS. IMAGE CLAIRE HIGHTON-STEVENSON. Claire Highton-Stevenson is a contemporary romance writer – and one with a penchant for lesfic, at that. When she’s not writing she can be found lurking on social media, watching football and spending time [….]