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 [….]

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 [….]