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 [….]

BOOKS: Five queer Black authors to read this Black History Month

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Some of our favourite Black writers who are transforming queer literature BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We’re sure you’ve been ploughing through your lockdown reading list as the days are getting rainier and the nights are getting longer. There’s no better time than now to pick up a book by a Black queer author [….]

BOOKS: We’re here, we’re queer

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Meet the regulars of Scotland’s queer bookshop… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGES BY PAUL REICH Located in the south side of Glasgow, Category Is is a brand spankin’ new, “fiercely independent” queer bookshop – and we’re a little bit in love with it.  The literary lovechild of dyke-wife double act Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott, the two [….]

BOOKS: No Modernism Without Lesbians

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Author Diana Souhami talks to Jane Czyzselska about how women who love women became a revolutionary force BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When she was growing up, Diana Souhami says there was no vocabulary for what she felt she was. Born in 1940 – “I’ll be 80 this year” she says proudly – the references to homosexuality [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: An interview with Jeanette Winterson

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Acclaimed author Jeanette Winterson on Susie Orbach, sex bots and going into politics BY ROXY BOURDILLON Jeanette Winterson’s 1985 debut, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was famously inspired by her experience growing up gay in a strict Pentecostal community. Since then she has continued to boldly explore themes of sexuality and gender in her [….]

BOOKS: Return to Lesbos

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Behold, the seductive, subversive world of lesbian pulp fiction BY ROXY BOURDILLON Madame Butch, Demon Dykes, Satan Was A Lesbian. No, I’m not brainstorming riot grrrl band names. I’m getting your attention, using the titillating titles of mid-century novels. You see, when I hear “pulp fiction”, I don’t think of Uma Thurman in a black [….]