BOOKS: An interview with Vicky Beeching

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Jane Czyzselska chats to Vicky Beeching about her new memoir, Undivided BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When the poster girl for evangelical Christianity realised she was gay, Vicky Beeching felt torn in two. The global church saw her sexuality as sinful – would she have to sacrifice one for the other? In her newly published memoir Undivided, [….]

BOOKS: Queer classics revisited

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Roxy Bourdillon dips her toe into the well of lesbian literature BY ROXY BOURDILLON I started reading about queer women long before I admitted I was one, to myself, my family or the girl I was secretly snogging at sleepovers. It’s funny how sometimes we can’t see what’s right under our nose, even if it’s [….]

BOOKS: Review of The Book Of Queer Prophets, curated by Ruth Hunt

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A fascinating collection of 24 writers on sexuality and religion BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBTQI is a sin? That’s what you will find the [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Life-changing books

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LGBTQI writers share their most treasured reads BY ROXY BOURDILLON Stella Duffy The Passion by Jeanette Winterson “There have been many books that changed my life, but one that is relevant to this festival is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. At the time it was published, we writers who were out as lesbian were still expected [….]

BOOKS: Top actors get together for a virtual charity book reading

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A virtual reading of Claire Highton-Stevenson’s The Doll Maker will raise funds for the NHS BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Top actors are getting together on Zoom to tell stories to make you stay at home – and raise funds for our NHS during the current global pandemic. And it’s about to get sinister with a fantastic [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: An interview with Amelia Abraham

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Journalist Amelia Abraham tells Carrie Lyell how her first book came to be BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE BY LILY ROSE THOMAS I’ve been an avid reader of journalist Amelia Abraham’s articles for a while now. Her pieces in Vice, Refinery29, the Guardian and others often focus on LGBTQI issues in an in depth yet accessible [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Sofie Hagen – “I can have lesbian sex when I’m thin”

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Comedian Sofie Hagen revisits her teenage diary BY SOFIE HAGEN, IMAGE BY MATT CROCKETT I recently found an old diary I wrote when I was 13. Like most teenage diaries would, it portrayed me in a rather unfortunate light.  Amongst complaints about the girls in my class and embarrassing amounts of Westlife fanfiction, I made [….]