BOOKS: Eye To Eye: Portraits of Lesbians is available now for pre-order

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The first openly lesbian photography book is set for reissue with contributions from Tee Corinne, Lola Flash and Lori Lindsey  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY JOAN E. BIREN One of the most revolutionary and ground-breaking books of our time, Eye To Eye: Portraits Of Lesbians by JEB (Joan E. Biren) is set for re-issue next [….]

OPINION: “Feminism is about integration not segregation”

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An extract from This Is Why I Resist by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu BY DR SHOLA MOS-SHOGBAMIMU Published in January, This Is Why I Resist is an urgent and timely anti-racist call to action by activist, lawyer, political commentator and Women in Leadership publication founder, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.  Described as a “response to ongoing conversations which deny and [….]

Roz Kaveney: “LGBTQI voices are important and culture loses so much if we are suppressed”

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Poet Roz Kaveney tells DIVA about being involved in a new inclusive anthology and writing a love poem to her trans body BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY KEITH BARNES Pulling together queer voices that have spanned the ages, award-winning writer Frank Wynne’s latest work, Queer, represents all queer identities. Bursting at the seams with inclusivity [….]

REVIEW: The Inverts by Crystal Jeans

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“I wanted to know every aspect of Bart and Bettina Dawes’s lives up until the present day, especially the scandalous parts” BY SARAH WINGROVE Bart likes men and Bettina likes women. With the societal expectations of the 1920s weighing down on them, the two childhood friends decide to get engaged, hiding and protecting their true [….]

The Coast Is Queer: Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival is back 🌈

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Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQI literature festival goes online for 2021 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE OF JUNO DAWSON BY JACK LATHAM The Coast Is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s festival celebrating LGBTQI literature returns in digital form from 5-7 February 2021. Now in its second year, the programme of events brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and [….]

“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, [….]

BOOKS: Kate Davies and Amrou Al-Kadhi announced as winners of the 10th Polari Prizes

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The UK’s only award for books exploring the LGBTQI experience announces it’s 2020 winners  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amrou Al-Kadhi and Kate Davieshave tonight been announced as the winners of the 2020 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only award celebrating literature that explores the LGBTQI experience.  Amrou becomes the 10th winner of the Polari First Book Prize, established in [….]