A beginner’s guide to queer poetry đź““

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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 [….]

Book review: The Madonna Of Bolton

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Heather Price gets stuck into Matt Cain’s fun, feisty novel BY HEATHER PRICE Summer is all about fun, feisty reads, and The Madonna Of Bolton, Matt Cain’s third book, is just that. I was sold from the start – as a fellow Madonna obsessive, it’s hard not to enjoy a book dedicated to her legacy. [….]

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 BrontĂ«s 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 BrontĂ« sisters with a public art piece at Bradford Literature Festival. The permanent, multi-site artwork was commissioned by the Bradford [….]

Seven queer novels you probably should be reading

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Need some bookspiration? BY BRODIE CRELLIN  Just like the selection of lez/bi films on Netflix, lesbian fiction can be a bit disappointing… Hugely underrepresented, queer female characters have the tendency to end up either dead or completely straightened out. Which means we end up returning to old classics to find some genuinely good queer stories about [….]

Don’t shush me: Is your library stocking LGBT books?

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Hannah Murphy is on a mission to give LGBT books pride of place on our library shelves BY HANNAH MURPHY  Successful campaigns such as Stonewall’s Come Out For LGBT and Rainbow Laces have highlighted how important visibility is in tackling intolerance. However, it can be difficult for individuals to become involved in these campaigns and [….]

It’s not a crime!

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Heather Price explains why crime fiction shouldn’t avoid depicting violence against women BY HEATHER PRICE More often than not, the rape or murder of a woman, whether on television or in a book, makes us rather uncomfortable. And so it bloody should. Those of us who watched The Fall and enjoyed the plot beyond Gillian [….]