Lucy Sutcliffe confirmed for DIVA Literary Festival
The YouTuber is flying in from the US to talk about her book Girl Hearts Girl.
Writer, filmmaker and YouTuber Lucy Sutcliffe has confirmed she will be attending the inaugural DIVA Literary Festival and Awards later this year.
Celebrating the best of lesbian and bi literature, writers including Val McDermid, Stella Duffy, Mari Hannah and Sophia Blackwell will be taking part in the festival in November which includes a variety of panels, workshops and talent talks.
We’ll also be celebrating some of the best writing lesbian and bi women have to offer with the first ever DIVA Literary Awards, with categories including lesbian fiction, poetry, memoir and rising star.
“The DIVA Literary Festival and Awards is a fantastic step towards getting the inclusivity, respect and recognition our community deserves,” Lucy says. “It’s about time our voices were heard, loud and clear!”
The 24-year-old will be flying across from Arizona to talk about her book, Girl Hearts Girl, an uplifting and inspiring story of sexuality and self-acceptance.
The memoir, released last year, is a must-read for LGBT teens, but also an important reminder for everyone, regardless of age, that coming out is rarely without its challenges.
“I set out to write the book I desperately needed when I was younger,” Lucy told us. “I grew up in this tiny village where there were more sheep than people and it was tough not knowing anybody else who was struggling with the same things.
“Feeling like you’re ‘the only one’ can be so isolating. I was a total bookworm and spent years desperately searching for a character or story that represented who I was, or things I was going through, but could never find one.”
Lucy added: “My hope is that by writing this book, the next generation of LGBT people won’t have to struggle the way so many of us did. And I hope they seek comfort in the fact that it always, always gets better.”
The DIVA Literary Festival and Awards takes place 3-5 November at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC. Book now at divaliteraryfestival.com.
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