These are the lesbian, bi and queer authors on the 2021 Polari Prize shortlists

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Meet the women in the running for the the Polari Prize and the Polari First Book Prize BY DIVA STAFF Diana Souhami, Caroline Bird, Rosie Garland, Golnoosh Nour and Andreena Leeanne are among the names in the running for the 2021 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only literary awards for LGBTQIA+ literature. This year’s shortlists, announced [….]

Tanya Byrne, author of the lesbian YA romance of the summer, on how she ended up writing books

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“The next time someone asks me how I ended up writing books, this is what I’m going to tell them: I write the books I wish 17-year-old me had found after that episode of Brookside” WORDS TANYA BYRNE, IMAGE MAYA ZIYU People often ask me how I ended up writing books. The truth is, I [….]

Six sapphic romance novels you should add to your summer reading list right now

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Whether you’re (finally) going on holiday or just relaxing in your back garden, these reads are perfect for a sunny afternoon BY POLLY ANGELOVA As the famous Grease song goes, summer lovin’ does happen so fast, especially if you’re the main character in a romance novel. What’s more exciting, however, is that the past couple [….]

Want to know how to get over a breakup? Ask a lesbian

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Comedian, podcaster and writer Rosie Wilby introduces her brand new book, The Breakup Monologues BY ROSIE WILBY My new book The Breakup Monologues, based very loosely on my podcast of the same name, is out today. The book includes a chapter about my peculiar experience of participating in a “sex lab” investigating queer female desire [….]

The best lesbian must-reads according to UK’s oldest LGBTQI bookshop

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DIVA gets lost in the lesbian literature section of Gay’s The Word BY MARTINE HESS On 66 Marchmont Street, London, tucked in between an internet cafe and an art gallery, rests a piece of queer history. This is home to Gay’s The Word, the UK’s first and oldest LGBTQI bookshop. Established in 1979, it has [….]

Book review: A Boob’s Life

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“As a trans woman, this book gripped me like no other I can remember” BY SOPHIE ROBBINS What do you call your breasts? At one point, US novelist and screenwriter Leslie Lehr’s magisterial “boob biog” lists 146 nicknames for the human mammary gland. You smirk or blink at terms like kahunas and sweater meat, but [….]