DIVA Literary Festival in pictures

Feast your eyes on our highlights from an unforgettable weekend


Images: Jane Murray/Alison Darren


Did you miss the DIVA Literary Festival and Awards? Well, don't worry, because here are 25 of our favourite moments!


The event, which took place at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham this weekend, attracted hundreds of women from across the globe who enjoyed a packed programme of panels, screenings, workshops and discussions. There truly was something for everyone and was such a success that DIVA publisher Linda Riley has confirmed the event will be back next year. 




But until then, feast your eyes on our highlights. 


The lovely ladies from Ylva Publishing arrive at the DIVA Lit Awards


Left to right: Fizz Milton, Lisa Gornick, Amanda Salt, Jacquie Lawrence and Victoria Broom


A DIVA reader enjoying the drinks reception


Hannah Winterbourne and Jake Graf


Right to left: Crime writers Mari Hannah, Val McDermid and Stella Duffy with Mari's partner Mo


Host Heather Peace opens the DIVA Literary Awards


Linda Riley welcomes everyone to Birmingham


DIVA's editorial team left to right: Ellen Tout, Danielle Mustarde, Carrie Lyell and Roxy Bourdillon


Guests enjoying dinner


Heather Peace and Rachel Shelley congratulate Kiki Archer on her DIVA Literary Award prize for romance


Having a ball at the DIVA Literary Awards


Valerie Mason-John collects the DIVA Literary Awards prize for poetry


Phyll Opoku-Gyimah with the UK Black Pride prize for non-fiction, which was won by Nicola Adams 


Val McDermid collects the Optimus Cards' Literary prize for her novel, Insidious Intent


Desert Hearts director Donna Deitch receives an Exceptional Achievement Award


Horse McDonald performing at #DLA2017


BlackOutLDN's executive director Kayza Rose, left, on the dancefloor with her girlfriend


The calm before the storm in the Festival Hub


Val McDermid in conversation with Rachel Shelley


Wendy Meakin talks to Lucy Sutcliffe in the Lunchtime Book Club


Author V G Lee wows the audience with a workshop on how to write humour


Rachel Shelley, Kiki Archer, Linda Riley and Rain Dove


Bold Strokes Books' stall in the Hub


Terri Jentz and Donna Deitch with DIVA's Linda Riley and Hannah Bardell MP


See you at #DLF2018!


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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