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Clare Lydon


International best-selling indie author whose debut lesbian chicklit novel 'London Calling' came out this year.

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Clare Lydon


International best-selling indie author whose debut lesbian chicklit novel 'London Calling' came out this year.

Clare Lydon’s London Calling is as strong as any mainstream straight chicklit from a major publisher.
— Planet of the Books, Planet London

Clare Lydon is a London-based author who penned her first novel at primary school and it scored 9.5/10. She's still not sure what she was docked half a point for. A lack of lesbians perhaps?

Her debut novel London Calling certainly addresses that issue, featuring a cast of London ladygays & their mates who Clare hopes are reflective of life in modern-day London. She's already working on her second book which should be out later this year.

Clare has spent the last 15 years working in print & online journalism covering topics as varied as food, football, design and music. She’s a Virgo, a Spurs fan, a new convert to turkey rashers and a Curly Wurly devotee. She’s also never owned a cat and runs screaming from anything DIY. 

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Jade Winters


Bestselling lesbian fiction author of six novels.

Jade Winters


Bestselling lesbian fiction author of six novels.

The more of Jade Winters’ books I read, the more I want to read. They are simply addictive.
— Terry Baker reviews

While Jade Winters has been putting words together since she was a child, it wasn't until 2010 that she became a serious writer.

Today, as a full-time author, she has published six novels in the lesbian fiction genre as well as several short stories. Jade was born and educated in London where she studied journalism for three years at a London University. She is the youngest of 6 children born to a Nigerian father and English mother and blames her love of spicy food on her African heritage.

Jade now makes her home in Dorset in the South of England with her partner and furry companions Zorro, Buttons and Zeus.

Gill McKnight


Underawed.

Gill McKnight


Underawed.

Gill McKnight moves between Ireland, England, and Greece in an eclectic mix of work, rest, and play. When not scribbling in a notepad or pecking away at her laptop, Gill likes sailing, DIY, pottering about the garden, and running away from wasps.

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Andrea Bramhall


Andrea Bramhall lives in Norfolk, UK, with her partner and their two collie dogs; summer finds her manically running their campsite, and winter writing the stores she dreams up. Her first two novels, Ladyfish and Clean Slate are both award winners and finalists.

Andrea Bramhall


Andrea Bramhall lives in Norfolk, UK, with her partner and their two collie dogs; summer finds her manically running their campsite, and winter writing the stores she dreams up. Her first two novels, Ladyfish and Clean Slate are both award winners and finalists.

Andrea Bramall gets and holds your attention throughout this novel [Clean Slate] with multiple layers of suspense. I was spellbound. I literally couldn’t put it down.
— Velvetlounger of the Lesbian Reading Room

Andrea lives in Norfolk with her partner, their two border collies, and two cats, running their campsite and hostel to pay the bills, and writing down the stories she dreams up.

Andrea is an avid reader and a keen musician, playing the saxophone and the guitar. She is also a recreational diver and takes any opportunity to head to warmer climes for a spot of diving. Andrea’s first novel Ladyfish received an Alice B. Lavender Certificate, and was runner up in the Rainbow Awards Debut Lesbian Novel of 2013 and Lesbian Novel of the year categories and her second novel, Clean Slate is a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Forthcoming titles include Nightingale (May 2014) and Swordfish (January, 2015)

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Amy Dunne


Amy is a writer of lesbian fiction. Her debut novel, Secret Lies was published by Bold Strokes Books in December 2013.

Amy Dunne


Amy is a writer of lesbian fiction. Her debut novel, Secret Lies was published by Bold Strokes Books in December 2013.

This is an excellent and enthralling first novel [Secret Lies]. I for one am delighted to see a new British talent emerge.
— Velvet Lounger at Lesbian Reading Room

Amy was raised in Derbyshire. She attended Keele University and graduated in 2007 with a BSc in philosophy and psychology. After graduating she worked for a while with vulnerable young people until she moved on to deliver educational courses. Her debut novel, Secret Lies was published in December 2013 by Bold Strokes Books. Her second novel, Season’s Meetings is due for release in December 2014. She and her wife share a love of Dolly Parton. They live with their two gorgeous cats and little mischievous dog.

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Maureen Duffy


Novelist, poet dramatist, author of 33 published books and 10 performed plays. Campaigner for equality.

Maureen Duffy


Novelist, poet dramatist, author of 33 published books and 10 performed plays. Campaigner for equality.

Maureen Duffy in conversation about her life and work with Jill Gardiner.

Maureen Duffy is the author of 33 published works of fiction, including 7 collections of poetry, non-fiction, and 16 plays for stage, screen and radio. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of King’s College London, and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature, as well as President of Honour of the British Copyright Council and the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society which last year distributed £30 million to 80,00 authors, and a CISAC gold medallist.

She was awarded a D.Litt by Loughborough University for contributions to literature and equality law reform, and also by the University of Kent. Her new collection of poems Environmental Studies, was published by Enitharmon in May 2013. The novel, In Times Like These, was self-published in December 2013. She represents the International Authors Forum at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (a branch of UNESCO) in Geneva.

Watch Maureen Duffy's appearance on the BBC's broadcast 'Late Night Line-Up, Man Alive', in 1967, where a panel debates a recent documentary on homosexuality.


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Immani Love


Author, Erotic poet, Goddess of love

Immani Love


Author, Erotic poet, Goddess of love

Immani Love was born in Philadelphia, Pa, and is currently making her home in Florida performing regularly at several venues throughout the southern states and various other venues nationwide and internationally upon booking.

Recently named 2013 Erotic Poet of the Year by the National Poetry Awards and invited to perform at UK Black Pride in London, England as well as EuroPride in Marseille, France. Immani has also completed her first book of short stories in a series called “Adventures in Eroticism,” the first book is Adventures in Eroticism: Four Seasons available now on her website. Lesbian Erotica short stories where the main character is YOU! Take a trip into your fantasies with each story you read. With vivid imagery and tantalizing scenarios, these stories allow you to experience things not typically dared to be imagined! Lesbian Erotica has never had an avenue like this to explore sexuality with a sexy, yet witty outlook on intimacy. Creative locations from your own home to the Amazon Jungle, with escapades for every season...Adventures in Eroticism is sure to please on every level. Bedtime stories have never been so good! Look out for the rest of the series...

Adventures in Eroticism: Workplace Adventures in Eroticism: Holiday Adventures in Eroticism: World Vacations View. The second book of short stories in the series is called “Adventures in Eroticism: Immani Love...Sensually Speaking This is the inaugural CD of Immani Love erotic poetry. One of the few strictly LGBT erotic poets around, Immani Love brings her sensual voice and imagination stimulating words to the long awaiting ears and hearts of the world. Not for the virgin ears but definitely for the arousal of loins and moistening of panties, she delves into the world of sexuality with a no holds barred sense of fantasy and reality.

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Jay Walker


UK based performer renowned for her hot and bold poetry. Jay’s words are animated by her lust for language and her passion for life, bound up with the inimitable eloquence and vulnerability of the body erotic. 

Jay Walker


UK based performer renowned for her hot and bold poetry. Jay’s words are animated by her lust for language and her passion for life, bound up with the inimitable eloquence and vulnerability of the body erotic. 

Exuding dizzying eroticism…the literary love child of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg
— Broadway Baby 4* Edinburgh Fringe

Queer performance poet Jay Walker manages to pull off a literal-visceral combo as she regales us with her red-blooded full-frontal look at love at large. Shot through with a sexual energy that speaks of a fierce passion for life, nothing is out of bounds. Hearing her perform takes us on a shameless journey through poignancy and pleasure, animated by her lust for language and grounded in the inimitable eloquence of the body erotic.

Performing from Shrewsbury Coffeehouse to Seattle Pride, Jay enthrals and unsettles her audience as she mixes intimacy and vulnerability through her bare-faced take on everyday sensuality. You’ll be left wanting more. Look out for her pamphlet and CD Filthy Lucre, due for release this summer.

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Rosie Wilby


Award winning comedian and storyteller

Rosie Wilby


Award winning comedian and storyteller

If you were ever an angry student, or if you’ve ever looked back at your life and thought that used to really mean something to me, this one-woman show is for you…Witty, empathetically nostalgic, and incredibly well narrated
— Planet London

Nineties Woman is a new show from award winning comedian Rosie Wilby using live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens.

Rosie Wilby studied at York University in the early 90s against a backdrop of John Major and riotgrrrl. She discovered the University feminist newspaper ‘Matrix’ (Greek for ‘womb’) and decided to join the collective. And, yet, as a geeky Electronics undergrad with an unfortunate perm and coming to terms with her sexuality, she didn’t quite fit in with the academic political lesbians with their History, Politics and English degrees. She was involved with a legendary guerrilla midnight mission to daub a wall with a green and purple painted ‘Sisterhood is Powerful’ slogan just for the cover of Issue 3 but never quite managed to catch the eye of the inspiring ‘Kate’ who always seemed to be at the centre of things. In fact when Kate staged a mock wedding outside York Minster to her girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 1991, Rosie found herself on the sidelines yet still excited to be part of something radical – I mean, gay people would never be allowed to get married, would they?? 

In 2013 she discovered long treasured 20 year old dusty copies of Matrix in her parents’ attic and decided to set about tracing some of the women she’d not quite connected with at the time (including fellow comedian Zoe Lyons, who had also been very fleetingly involved) to see what they were doing now and how their perceptions of feminism had shifted.

Nineties Woman was commissioned by Shout Festival Birmingham for a premiere at MAC in March 2013 before it appeared at Outburst Festival Belfast and Camden People’s Theatre Calm Down Dear Festival (alongside Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe) and was supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Creation of the piece was supported by: Ben Walters, Time Out London’s cabaret editor; Naomi Paxton, actress, character comedian and writer (The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays); and Colin Watkeys, director of several internationally touring shows with performer Claire Dowie.

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Bindi Foster-Brown


Words smith, shaker and mover: you have reached the home of gypsical lyrical. It's the only static one i have! LOVE

Bindi Foster-Brown


Words smith, shaker and mover: you have reached the home of gypsical lyrical. It's the only static one i have! LOVE

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Diva Panelists


Diva Panelists


Photo taken by Holly Falconer

Photo taken by Holly Falconer

Jane Czyzselska


DIVA editor, Agony Aunt and psychotherapist Jane has written and curated a number of features and debates about aspects of lesbian/queer cultures and is interested in how desire is communicated through shared media as well as how subjectivities meet and co-create unique narratives of desire.


Diane Torr

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Diane Torr is a performance artist whose work over the past 30 years focuses on re-inventing the narratives associated with sex and gender. She is known as a pioneer of female-to-male drag. Her book: Sex, Drag and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance(2010) and co-authored by Stephen Bottoms is published by U. of Michigan Press.

A feature film about her work, Man For A Day by Berlin filmmaker Katarina Peters, premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2012 and is now on general release and touring.


Campbell X

Campbell X is the writer and director of the award-winning queer urban romcom Stud Life. The feature film explores, among other themes, gay male internet hook ups and cottaging, butch femme desire and BDSM lesbian sex. 

Campbell recently gave a talk at Homotopia  “Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Questions of Female Desire and the Colonized Female Body”, and was a juror for Outfest LGBT film festival in Los Angeles.


Raisa Kabir

Raisa Kabir is a South Asian Queer femme in London who writes on the in/visibility of LBTQ women of colour.

She is a multi disciplinary artist and cultural activist, whose work examines the intersection of race, culture, gender and sexuality in relation to dress and space. Occupying the gap between theory and lived experience.


Alena Dierickx

Writer and counsellor Alena Dierickx works with young women at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse and is particularly interested in exploring the liminal edges of desire, including sound and the intellect. 


Janet Jones

Janet is a self-identified butch lesbian who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her early 30's. Living with a deteriorating condition, she navigates losses of a changing body, whilst relearning the expression of sexual identity in an ableist, heteronormative world.She writes creatively and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Media.

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Clare Ashton


Author of the new, best-selling romcom That Certain Something.

Clare Ashton


Author of the new, best-selling romcom That Certain Something.

Clare Ashton is the author of the new, best-selling romcom That Certain Something.

Her first novel, Pennance, was long-listed for the Polari Prize and After Mrs Hamilton is a Golden Crown Literary Society award winner.

Clare grew up in Mid-Wales and she has a brain stuck somewhere not particularly useful between the arts and science. And that's how she ended up studying History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge. She has worked as a scientific copy-editor (where she learnt to spell diarrhoea) and a waitress at the Little Chef (where she learnt you could survive on toast alone).
 
Her novels are a mix of suspense, intrigue, romance and comedy. She lives in the midlands with her partner, son and daughter who are a lovely distraction from writing.

She also edits the UK lesbian fiction blog with Cari Hunter.

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Annabel Pribelszki


Stand up comedian/performance poet, based in Brighton.

Annabel Pribelszki


Stand up comedian/performance poet, based in Brighton.

Annabel Pribelszki weaves words with a penchant for the irreverent, visceral, and lesbian; painting them across the stage in all colours of the rainbow.

Annabel started out as a performance poet in Sydney, Australia back in 1999. Since then she has performed in numerous venues across the South-East of England, including the Women’s Stage at Brighton Pride. She has been a regular compère at the Women in Tune festival, where she has also run performance workshops. Annabel has performed her stand-up comedy at Comedy and Cupcakes in London, as well as at Funny Girls and Funny Women in Brighton. She is delighted to be performing as part of LFest 2014.

She looks forward to seeing you all at her Brighton Pride Fundraiser on Saturday 26 July in Brighton, where she will be hosting a Charity Cabaret night of comedy; featuring Rosie Wilby, VG Lee, Claire Parker, Chick Atkinson, Jonwayne Connolly and Judith Theobald.

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Cindy Rizzo


A New York City based author of lesbian fiction. Exception to the Rule was published in 2013; Love is Enough will be released this summer. 

Cindy Rizzo


A New York City based author of lesbian fiction. Exception to the Rule was published in 2013; Love is Enough will be released this summer. 

Cindy Rizzo has written a blockbuster of a debut novel. A story that hit me right in the heart and had me racing through the pages to finish the book.
— Terry Baker, Affinity Books
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Jack Monroe


Cook. Author. Activist. Campaigner. Guardian Recipe Columnist.Mother. Girlfriend. Kitchen Imp.

Jack Monroe


Cook. Author. Activist. Campaigner. Guardian Recipe Columnist.Mother. Girlfriend. Kitchen Imp.

A cross between Yvette Cooper and Delia Smith, with tattoos.
— Richard Littlejohn, The Daily Mail.

Jack Monroe was a 25-year-old mother and local newspaper reporter. She found herself with a food budget of just £10 a week and began to create nutritious recipes to feed herself and her son. Giving the recipes out to a local food bank, to help others in her situation, she then began to publish them online on her blog, A Girl Called Jack, which now has thousands of followers. Jack was awarded the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award for the impact that her blog has had. Jack’s first book, A Girl Called Jack was published this year and went straight in at number 1.

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Crin Claxton


Author of Scarlet Thirst and The Supernatural Detective

Crin Claxton


Author of Scarlet Thirst and The Supernatural Detective

I loved the clever twists and turns…Supernatural Detective is a great read.

Crin Claxton is the author of the vampire novel Scarlet Thirst and the ghost crime novel The Supernatural Detective. Hir short stories have appeared in Va Va Voom (Diva Books), Fantasy (Bella Books), Road Games, Lessons in Love, Extreme Passions (Bold Strokes Books), Girls Next Door (Women’s Press), Diva magazine and Carve webzine. S/he has recipes in The Butch Cook Book. Poems have been published by Onlywomen Press and La Pluma.    

Crin is a technician and lighting designer for theatre. S/he was Festival Director for YLAF (York Lesbian Arts Festival) 2007-2009.  S/he’s a qualified medical herbalist and lives in London.