Archive | May, 2017

Bad Ass Women by Brey Willows

31 May

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Bad Ass Women by Brey Willows

31 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

Fury's Bridge 300 DPI (1)My mom is a lesbian. A proud, strong, femme who wore heels and had long nails and never changed who she was for anyone. She taught me to stand tall and not let society dictate what you ‘should’ look like.  She also had me really young, but instead of leaving me with sitters, she took me everywhere; softball games, rugby games, huge parties. These places were full of lesbians who watched out for me and became an amazing extended family. One taught me to play softball, one taught me how to change a tire and check my oil. One taught me how to drive a stick shift (and never once screamed in panic). One taught me how to play a wicked game of pool. One taught me how to ride a motorcycle. They all taught me the meaning of support and connection.

Strong, kick-ass women in every field of life…

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Representation Always Matters by Lesley Davis

30 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

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I don’t read straight fiction now. I used to, back when there wasn’t anything else to read and no such thing as the internet to peruse to find a ton of queer fanfiction just waiting to be devoured. (We’re talking a few decades ago, okay, maybe more than a few to be honest!) It was a lonely read; no one was like me amid the pages so I couldn’t identify with the characters, as much as I’d have liked to. As a lesbian desperate to read about a world where I fit in, I searched for my kind of books, ones written about women who were gay just like me. They were rare finds, hidden away on back shelves, or in bookshops that kept them in the basement as if they were something forbidden and not allowed to see the light of day.

At first I felt like I was…

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Write Here, Write Queer

29 May

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Write Here, Write Queer

29 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

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I have a friend who infuriates me. We spend far too much of our time arguing; the man votes Conservative, quite likes Theresa May, thinks Jeremy Corbyn should probably wear a tie. The morning of Brexit we very nearly never spoke again. We’ve remonstrated at length; I don’t understand how, as a gay man, he can support many of these things, but this post isn’t about how wrong he is (though he’s really, really wrong – just sayin’) but about one of the other things we argue about quite often.

That thing is the word queer.

I love the word. I call myself a queer writer; my first big sale was in Queer’s Destroy Fiction and I thought that was brilliant. I am not old enough to remember the battle cry of ‘Not gay as in happy, but queer as in f**k you’ but it’s recurrence in the era of…

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A Blank Page by Amy Dunne

28 May

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A Blank Page by Amy Dunne

28 May

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Bold Strokes Books, UK

As a writer, staring at a bank page can incite a myriad of emotions such as apprehension, excitement, frustration, elation, determination, stress, and hope. It can signify the beginning of something new. A fresh start. Perhaps a new story, characters, and maybe even the opportunity to try experimenting with writing a new genre. But it can also be daunting, especially when a writer’s old familiar foes, self-doubt and fear of failure, take up residence and lurk in the background, adding fuel to the smouldering insecurities that are always simmering away just beneath the calm exterior.

Life, I’ve discovered in recent weeks, works in pretty much the same way. Make big and small decisions or choose not to, both ultimately result in having to deal with consequences. Change can be scary. Change can be positive. It can change your life.

For the past year, I’ve been struggling with poor health and…

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BYOC (Bring Your Own Cape)

28 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

Eight years. 

That’s how long we’ve been doing the BSB Annual Book Festival in Nottingham. If you’ve ever put on a festival, you know keeping one going for just shy of a decade is a big accomplishment. And it just gets better every year.

Today begins the blog train that leads you straight into festival station on June 3rd-4th. You’re going to get a fabulous batch of words every day from each of the super-duper attending authors; they’re a crazy-talented bunch, and they love talking to readers, so feel free to comment away! Be sure to subscribe to this blog as well, so you don’t miss a super set of words.

Personally, this year feels quite important to me. LGBTQ rights are under attack all over the place. Hard won battles of years past are being swept away with an ignorant flick of the pen. Hate crimes are up…

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Program 2017

28 May

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Writing the narrative of our lives

27 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

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At this time of such political uncertainty I am so thankful for those organisations who tirelessly work to protect our LGBT lives. Last week we celebrated IDAHOBIT day (17th May, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia). IDAHOBIT day was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.1 Here in the UK, ahead of the election, Stonewall2 has been working to challenge parliamentary candidates to commit to protecting LGBT rights in the UK and abroad.

I think of this vital work, however, as the visible tip of the iceberg. Because, as with many things in life, the force behind change can often be found in the relatively small things we do on a regular basis.

For example, when as writers and readers we gather together each year at…

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