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.
Congrats to @LindaRiley8 @Seej and everyone @DIVALitFest for the most amazing weekend. Going away with my head fuller, my heart lighter, and my luggage distinctly heavier from all the books I've bought. Can't wait for next year!— Charlotte (Yveta) (@CharlotteNettle) November 5, 2017
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!
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