This TEDx video about overcoming depression might be the most important thing you watch today

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“Remember that somewhere, a flower is breaking out of concrete and you will too” BY CARRIE LYELL I first met poet, writer and illustrator Bethany Rose in 2014, when I profiled her in a feature about the finest spoken word artists on the UK scene.  She inspired me as we spoke, on a chilly Hampstead [….]

Marylyn Tan: “Writing is pretty much the only line I have to community”

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The Singaporean published poet talks all things poetry, religion and the queer scene of her city BY YAIZA CANOPOLI Singaporean poet and artist Marylyn Tan made the news in August last year with a historic win. Not only is she the first woman to win the Singapore Literature Prize for English poetry, but her collection [….]

“The difficulties and the knock-backs make you graft harder”: What it’s like to be a queer poet

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Amy Tollyfield, a published writer and performance poet, tells us all about their career  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY SIMON HOLLIDAY Amy Tollyfield is a published performance poet and the author of two poetry collections – Toy Soldiers and The Suicide – both published by Olympia Publishers.  Based in the UK, Amy lives in Bath, [….]

The long read: Mary Jean Chan

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Danielle Mustarde speaks to the award-winning writer about her debut collection Flèche and the journey that led her to it BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Born and raised in Hong Kong, poet Mary Jean Chan has been living in London for some six years and now holds a post as lecturer in creative writing at Oxford Brookes [….]

DIVA meets LGBTQI literature royalty, Jackie Kay MBE

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“If you feel misunderstood by family or society, writing is a very good weapon to have up your sleeve” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY MARY MCCARTNEY It’s fair to say that Jackie Kay MBE is as close to royalty as they come within the LGBTQI literature world. She has served as Scots Makar, the National [….]