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 [….]

Books: Exploring lesbian love in With Some Wild Woman

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DIVA looks ahead to the launch of author Jill Gardiner’s new collection of poetry  Great news, book lovers! Jill Gardiner will be launching her new book With Some Wild Woman – Poems 1989-2019, with a reading on 28 November at Gay’s The Word.  With Some Wild Woman is a poetic journey through one woman’s life [….]

Lisa Luxx: “The word lesbian has become so hostile it is taboo even in our own communities”

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The spoken word poet delivers a gut punch with a timely new film BY CARRIE LYELL Urgent, intimate and provocative, Lisa Luxx’s new spoken word poem Lesbian. is essential viewing. Filmed and directed by Tamara al Mashouk, the powerful four minute video sees Lisa talking directly to the camera, sharing her anger and frustration of [….]

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 [….]