“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 [….]

Sex Drive: “An energetic memoir about desire and pleasure”

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Author and journalist Stephanie Theobald talks to DIVA about her “orgasmic roadtrip” across the US Sex Drive is a memoir about desire and pleasure, merging sexuality and spirituality, 18th century porn, Enlightenment philosophy and female masturbation. It begins when author and journalist Stephanie Theobald attends an amazing “masturbation masterclass” in New York run by an 87-year-old 1970s feminist [….]

Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Jeanette Winterson commemorate Brontë sisters

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The four women remember Brontës with multi-site artwork commissioned by Bradford Lit Fest BY ANGIE NEEDHAM  Writers Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay, along with musician Kate Bush, and novelist Jeanette Winterson, are to commemorate the Brontë sisters with a public art piece at Bradford Literature Festival. The permanent, multi-site artwork was commissioned by the Bradford [….]