DIVA Literary Festival in pictures

Feast your eyes on our highlights from an unforgettable weekend


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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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