10 Fabulous queer books by authors of colour

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Whether you’re looking for escapism, to feel seen or to learn about experiences outside of your own, there’s something for everyone on this list BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY THOUGHT CATALOG I spent most of my life as a bookworm never reading books by authors or featuring characters who look or love like me. Little [….]

Black Queer History: How can the education system do better?

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In conversation with K Bailey Obazee and Sharifa James on the importance of Black queer joy and community BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KATERINA HOLMES When it comes to the classroom, and the wider world in general, both Black and queer history have suffered a great deal of erasure. Growing up, classes that addressed Black [….]

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 [….]