Stella Duffy tells us why she can't wait for the DIVA Literary Festival

“We need events like this more than ever”



We are very excited that Stella Duffy OBE will be attending the inaugural DIVA Literary Festival and DIVA Literary Awards this November.


A popular and prolific writer, Stella has penned fourteen novels (including critically acclaimed works of literary fiction and her much-loved crime Saz Martin series), fifty short stories, ten plays and many more articles and reviews.


She can't wait for the DIVA Literary Festival. Here's why:


"This is glorious news. Many of us fondly recall the annual YLAF weekend and miss it hugely - it is thrilling that DIVA wants to place LBT writing centre stage again. In a time of growing divisions and a worrying rise in ‘acceptable’ intolerance, we need events like this more than ever. All literary festivals provide an opportunity for writers and readers to come together, to talk about our passions and politics, to share a love of reading and of stories. Given the divisive and destructive nature of much that is going on around us right now, this is a chance for us to work and play together for a few days, to share and listen, to celebrate. I can’t wait.”


The first ever DIVA Literary Festival weekender will include panels, workshops and in-depth interviews with the cream of the crop of lesbian and bi women’s writing.


In addition to Stella, authors including crime writer Val McDermid, lesfic legend Kiki Archer and rising star Lucy Sutcliffe are already lined up.


The DIVA Literary Awards are yet another reason to book your tickets for the festival ASAP. The star-studded ceremony, hosted by actress, singer and DIVA columnist Heather Peace, will celebrate the very best in lesbian and bi literature.


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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