LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson shares her poem with DIVA

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VALENTINES DAY BY TRUDY HOWSON, IMAGE BY MONSTERA VIA PEXELS This is a poem for the broken hearted. For those, who have loved and lost. For the Star crossed lovers Who set their course on ‘Mission Impossible’ Don’t be sad because you’ve tried and failed. Because your hopes are dashed, Because you never saw it [….]

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 [….]

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, [….]