EVENTS: Aké Arts & Book Festival 2020 kicks off today!

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Here’s our top picks from this four day celebration of creativity in Africa BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Now in its eighth year, Aké Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, [….]

BOOKS: Five queer Black authors to read this Black History Month

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Some of our favourite Black writers who are transforming queer literature BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We’re sure you’ve been ploughing through your lockdown reading list as the days are getting rainier and the nights are getting longer. There’s no better time than now to pick up a book by a Black queer author [….]

BOOKS: We’re here, we’re queer

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Meet the regulars of Scotland’s queer bookshop… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGES BY PAUL REICH Located in the south side of Glasgow, Category Is is a brand spankin’ new, “fiercely independent” queer bookshop – and we’re a little bit in love with it.  The literary lovechild of dyke-wife double act Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott, the two [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: An interview with Jeanette Winterson

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Acclaimed author Jeanette Winterson on Susie Orbach, sex bots and going into politics BY ROXY BOURDILLON Jeanette Winterson’s 1985 debut, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was famously inspired by her experience growing up gay in a strict Pentecostal community. Since then she has continued to boldly explore themes of sexuality and gender in her [….]

BOOKS: Return to Lesbos

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Behold, the seductive, subversive world of lesbian pulp fiction BY ROXY BOURDILLON Madame Butch, Demon Dykes, Satan Was A Lesbian. No, I’m not brainstorming riot grrrl band names. I’m getting your attention, using the titillating titles of mid-century novels. You see, when I hear “pulp fiction”, I don’t think of Uma Thurman in a black [….]

BOOKS: The Big Book of LGBTQ+ Activities

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Amie Taylor shares her story behind creating an LGBTQI friendly children’s book BY AMIE TAYLOR This time last year, I was spending my days typing up stories of parade-loving princesses, homophobic unicorns and super-speed spells in my first book writing adventure. I had been pitching some LGBTQI picture books to publishers and agents for some [….]