Like reading? Then you'll love our new monthly online DIVA Literary Salon

TV presenter and bonafide bookworm Wendy Meakin can't wait to chat to you about the latest LGBT reads.


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Here at DIVA, we love nothing more than curling up with a good book. Nothing, that is, apart from discussing and dissecting that book with fellow bookworms in an inspiring literary salon.


That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that the wonderful Wendy Meakin - writer, presenter, art collector and literary salon aficionado - will be hosting our brand new monthly online DIVA Literary Salon.


She told us:


“I am completely delighted to have been asked to host the monthly online DIVA Literary Salon and some live sessions at the event. A keen salon-participant myself, I appreciate the opportunity to step outside everyday life into an open space of listening and sharing, a space I look forward to sharing with you.”


Each month, Wendy will take over the DIVA Literary Festival Twitter and host an interactive literary salon around a chosen book. The opening session will take place on 21 June. Keep your eyes peeled to find out what the first book will be over the coming weeks.


At the inaugural DIVA Literary Festival in November, Wendy will host several live salons with some of our favourite writers, giving you the unique opportunity to chat about the books you love with the authors who wrote them.


In addition to Wendy’s salons, the DIVA Literary Festival will be jam-packed with workshops, talks and in-depth interviews with your favourite lesbian and bi authors. We’ve already confirmed crime writer Val McDermid, acclaimed novelist Stella Duffy and the fabulous Kiki Archer, who writes bestselling “chick lit with a lady-loving twist”.


The DIVA Literary Festival and Awards take 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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