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 [….]

Ahead Of The Curve: A remarkable tribute to a remarkable woman

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Linda Riley meets Franco Stevens, founder and publisher of Curve  BY LINDA RILEY Rarely am I blown away in an interview but talking to Franco Stevens, founder of Curve magazine, I found myself sometimes speechless thinking about the uncanny parallels of our lives as publishers of lesbian magazines. I’m interviewing Franco about her new film [….]

Jazz And Dice: A new lesbian radio drama full of heart

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“It’s based on my first experience of falling in love and delves into the complexities of coming to terms with your sexuality while being hopelessly in love” ILLUSTRATION BY ISOBEL PLATT Jazz And Dice is a warm and witty new BBC Radio 4 drama about family, love and secretly dating your best friend. We’ve all [….]

Resurrection: The hot new track from Toya Delazy’s upcoming album

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“The song is about reclaiming myself, my spirit and roots, and more generally in a post lockdown world, the global rebirth, AKA we’re all going to be party animals” BY DIVA STAFF East London artist Toya Delazy draws upon her South African heritage in her new release Resurrection, the first single from her upcoming EP Afrorave Vol. 1 released [….]

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 [….]

“I was forced to run away from home”: A harrowing story of lesbian life in Italy

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Chiara Rolla, 27, was threatened by her own mother  BY JANE FAE As the world marks IDAHOBIT 2021, a heartbreaking and horrific story slips into my Twitter mentions from Italy. It deserves to be heard in full, if only for the bravery of the young woman speaking out. Though I have not the slightest doubt [….]