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 [….]

NEWS: Sophie Ward long listed for 2020 Booker Prize

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Love And Other Thought Experiments is one of this year’s “Booker Dozen” selected from 162 novels  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY Today, the Booker Prize for Fiction 2020 longlist has been announced, and here at DIVA, we couldn’t be more proud of our friend Sophie Ward for making the Booker Dozen.  The 2020 [….]

BOOKS: The Seduction by Joanna Briscoe

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DIVA meets the iconic lesfic writer to chat all about her brand-new novel BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Just when you thought you’d completed your lockdown reading list, best-selling author Joanna Briscoe is back with a brand-new addictive novel. Now the author of six novels and several short stories, Joanna has delved into the realm of psychology [….]