Denise Welch announced for DIVA Literary Festival

DIVA’s Ally Of The Year will be speaking about her new novel, The Mother's Bond



We are delighted to announce that actress, presenter and author Denise Welch has been confirmed for the upcoming DIVA Literary Festival.


Denise has long been immersed in the LGBT community, having starred in the award-winning trans-themed BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl and recently won the coveted DIVA Ally Of The Year Award.


A talented writer, Denise has already penned a novel and two memoirs, including the number one bestseller Pulling Myself Together. When she appears at the DIVA Literary Festival in November, she will be talking about her new novel, The Mother's Bond, which is due out later this year.


Denise revealed to us that the book includes a lesbian among its cast of characters. She said, "It's a nod to the LGBT community, just a little way I can try to make people more accepting who maybe wouldn't have been before". You can read our full interview with Denise in the latest issue of DIVA, on sale here now.


She is really looking forward to being a part of the event and told us:


“I’m thrilled to have been invited to speak at the DIVA Literary Festival. I can’t wait to talk all about my upcoming novel, The Mother’s Bond, which includes a fabulous lesbian character.”


Denise will be joining many other fantastic authors at this exciting event, which celebrates the very best in lesbian and bi literature. Others taking part include crime writer Val McDermid, lesbian romance novelist Kiki Archer, acclaimed novelist Stella Duffy and rising star and YouTuber Lucy Sutcliffe.


The jam-packed weekend will include panel discussions, in-depth interviews and workshops. All the fun will kick off on the evening of Friday 3 November with the first ever DIVA Literary Awards, hosted by DIVA columnist, Radio DIVA host, actor and singer Heather Peace.


The DIVA Literary Festival and Awards takes place 3-5 November at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC. Book now at


Only reading DIVA online? You're missing out. For more news, reviews and commentary, check out the latest issue. It's pretty badass, if we do say so ourselves.  // //


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