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The Gracekeepers

By at June 3, 2015 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

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Venue: Gay's the Word bookshop The Gracekeepers: The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home. The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the

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Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West

By at December 14, 2014 | 8:49 am | 0 Comment

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I have always been very intrigued by the life and loves of Vita Sackville West. Ever since finding a book of love letters sent to her by Violet Trefusis in a second hand book store in Gloucester in the early 90s. I have wondered what her allure was, she seemed to bewitch all those whom she met, both male and female. Looking at the wonderful pictures included in the book,

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Celebrity of the month November 2014 |Writer – Paula Napier

By at November 11, 2014 | 9:02 am | 0 Comment

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About: Paula is the author of a book Sea Salt LNL Questionnaire Your favourite virtue? Integrity Your favourite qualities in a man? Kindness, Honesty & Humour Your favourite qualities in a woman? As above. Your main characteristic? Probably, sense of humour! What draws you most to your friends? Mainly alcohol! Given the opportunity what would you most

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November Book Events at Gays the Word

By at November 5, 2014 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment

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Forthcoming Events at a Glance: Event 1 Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady Vs.  The Rubbish Lesbian Lesbian lit with a laugh. Two authors reading: U.S. based lesbian pulp fiction author Monica Nolan squares up to our very own rubbish lesbian Sarah Westwood…. Thursday 13th Nov, 7pm £3 on the door - please RSVP on Facebook http://on.fb.me/12qCh1A or just show

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Out There reviewed by American Poet Stephen John Kalinich

By at October 26, 2014 | 5:50 pm | 0 Comment

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These are all voices I have not heard. I feel a lot of sadness some triumph and a depth in a lot of it but some of the landscape I really like. It bares fruit I am so foreign to this work and knew so few of the authors. There is a lot of good writing much though provoking and stories are woven. I enjoyed the ‘Forward This Queer’ infinity. The opening poem by

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Gay’s The Word Book Event: Stella Duffy & Catherine Hall

By at September 5, 2014 | 3:51 pm | 0 Comment

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Hello, and we hope all is well! Just to mention quickly that the film Pride hits the cinemas on September 12th. We've been lucky enough to get to a preview screening and we utterly loved it. The film features a re-creation of Gay's the Word bookshop as a principle location and we couldn't be more proud to be a small part of this incredible story. The premise of Pride:

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Sarah Waters talks about her new book The Paying Guests

By at August 20, 2014 | 8:03 pm | 0 Comment

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We have been sent this great video interview with Sarah Waters for your entertainment pleasure, thanks

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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Review

By at August 15, 2014 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Paying Guests It was with keen anticipation that I received the new Sarah Waters novel. I have read all her previous books and been lucky enough to meet her and hear her read from them at the brilliant (now defunct LGBT Book event in York). This book didn’t disappoint. I remember some people

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LYOVITALIS Julie Kirton Chandlers next book a sneak peak

By at July 24, 2014 | 7:54 am | 0 Comment

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Looking forward to the next book from

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Tom Robbins Tibetan Peach Pie | Review

By at July 21, 2014 | 7:47 am | 0 Comment

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Having read and loved Tom’s books for the past twenty or so years, it was with keen anticipation that I got my hands on a copy of his new ‘None Autobiography’. As far as I know there is no one on the planet who writes like Mr Robbins, let alone is like him. The book, as he makes very clear is not an autobiography but a collection of stories he has been sharing with

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June 2014 Celebrity of the Month | Author | Julie Kirton Chandler

By at May 31, 2014 | 3:29 pm | 0 Comment

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 About Julie Kirtón Chandler is a registered nurse, specializing in emergency and critical care. She was formally trained in the military, first as an active duty combat medic and later as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. During her officer training, she served two stateside deployments with the Georgia Army National Guard. Today, Julie and her domestic partner of 11

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Review best lesbian romance 2014 – edited by Radclyffe

By at May 25, 2014 | 3:15 pm | 0 Comment

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I'm reviewing this book knowing absolutely nothing about the best lesbian romance 2013/12/10 .......I've no idea how far they go back - so I'm a bit in the dark as far as the series goes. I also don't read a lot of lesbian fiction anymore ...I'm not sure if this bodes well or not!!!   When I started the collection I have to say I thought it was sweet but a bit

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INCITE@The Phoenix WC2

By at March 18, 2014 | 3:02 pm | 0 Comment

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Free LGBT poetry and in-house jazz, at this iconic members club in the West End.  Hosted by poet TRUDY HOWSON. With top notch guests and open mike for budding and flowering poets.  A cultural/social event with a flirty vibe. APRIL’s Guests: SOPHIA BLACKWELL: Gorgeous sophisticated poetry, and person.  Back by popular request. DAVE VINEY: humorous, topical

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Excerpt from Love Burns Bright

By at March 5, 2014 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

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Heartfirst Kiki DeLovely I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed anything more sexy than the intent and intensity in her eyes as she shakes her head, slowly, side to side, when what she really means is “Fuck, yes.” As though she’s disbelieving of just how incredibly right it is. As if every- thing about me is so right that it’s wrong. She takes her sweet time

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Celebrity of the Month | Writer | Radclyffe

By at March 1, 2014 | 10:16 am | 0 Comment

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About Radclyffe is the acclaimed best-selling author of more than 40 published novels and 100 short stories. She has also edited dozens of anthologies, and is the founder and publisher of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies.   The navigation buttons above and links below will take you to more information about Rad’s

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Review of Gay Propaganda by Sally Mayor

By at February 24, 2014 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

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Edited by MASHA GESSEN and JOSEPH HUFF-HANNON Foreword by GARRY KASPAROV I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down to read Gay Propaganda but I certainly wasn’t expecting to be so affected by it. It’s a book of Russian gay love stories told by the men and women in them, some are still living in Russia and others have been forced to leave. The book is

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Love Burns Bright A lifetime of lesbian romance | Radclyffe

By at February 23, 2014 | 5:53 pm | 0 Comment

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Each year we are treated to a selection of stories complied by the brilliant Radclyffe. She also closes the book this year, maybe she does each year. The sub title of this year’s tome, is just perfect. There are stories from lesbians of all ages and paths of life and going back in time in their stories too. One of the standout stories for me is ‘Full Circle’

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Best Lesbian Erotica 2014 | Review

By at February 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm | 0 Comment

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Kathreen Warnock has once again given us some great stories to titillate… (sorry very bad pun) over. The stories range from romantic to downright dirty, starting off in a steam room and ending in a cab! The imagination of some of the writers is truly staggering; the stories are very well written and take you on a lustful journey into their imagination. Each

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Celebrity of the Month Kathleen Warnock | Playwright | Editor

By at February 14, 2014 | 3:25 pm | 0 Comment

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About Kathleen Warnock  is a playwright and editor. Her erotica has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica and other anthologies. Her fiction, essays and reviews have been seen in Love, Christopher Street; ROCKRGRL; BUST, Ms.; It’s Only Rock & Roll, and the liner notes for the Joan Jett CD Unfinished Business. Her plays have been produced in New York City, regionally in

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V A Fearon The Girl with the Treasure Chest | Review

By at February 11, 2014 | 9:26 am | 0 Comment

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I must confess I was concerned about the content of the book. I’m not really keen on reading violent books but my concerns were soon dispelled as I got sucked into the underworld of Dani the protagonist of the book. Dani is a very skilled reader of people and uses that skill in the dark recesses of the North London gang land to which she resides, to try and calm

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The Children of Gavrilek by Julie Kirton Chandler | Review

By at February 11, 2014 | 9:21 am | 0 Comment

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At Christmas time I hooked up with the author Julie Kirton Chandler on Twitter and she was kind enough to accept our invitation to be a guest on our site, (coming soon) she also sent me a copy of her book to read. I am a big Star Trek fan but strangely enough I have never really read any sci fi books, so the prospect of reading a lesbian sci fi book was of course most

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The Days of Anna Madrigal | Armistead Maupin | Review

By at January 19, 2014 | 6:52 pm | 0 Comment

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was in 1992 that I first discovered the joys of ‘Tales of the City’. I can’t recall if I watched the brilliant channel 4 program first or read the books. I have a very annoying habit of watching the tv with the sound down and music on and I remember doing this with ‘Tales of the City’ whilst I was living and working in a hotel in

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Testo Junkie | Beatriz Preciado

By at December 22, 2013 | 6:37 pm | 0 Comment

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I was intrigued by this book as it was compared to the ride you get when you read a book by William Burroughs. Now that is a comparison not many can claim. The book was first published in 2008 in French; it has been issued this week in English translation. The book takes the form of a diary, the author Beatriz Precido decides to record her experiment of taking a

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We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality | Jennifer Baumgardner

By at December 18, 2013 | 9:25 pm | 0 Comment

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The flyer states: Remember when bringing up gay marriage was the easiest way to inflame an otherwise mild electorate? This volume demonstrates, through speeches, interviews and commentary, the encouraging story of American acceptance of gay marriage and the roles that politicians - gay and straight - have played in that history. This movement, like all civil rights

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Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter | S. Bear Bergman

By at December 18, 2013 | 9:21 pm | 0 Comment

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There have been a couple of books out this month pertaining to trans gender, ‘Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter’ is written by the author S. Bear Bergman, who has written two other books on the subject. This book is a selection of essays, discussing his ‘modern family’, which in this case comprises of two trans fathers and a son. You also get to meet his

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Maxie Mainwaring Lesbian Dilettante by Monica Nolan – Review

By at October 6, 2013 | 5:02 pm | 0 Comment

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I was given this book a while ago to read and review but already had a number of others to review so have only just got around to reading it now. However, it was worth the wait. Just the kind of book I enjoy. It is based around a number of characters but primarily they are all linked to ‘Madcap’ Maxie Mainwaring, the main character. Maxie comes from a wealthy

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Celebrity of the month | November 2013 | Author – Annie McDowall

By at October 1, 2013 | 10:11 am | 0 Comment

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About Annie lives in South London. "Charity Begins with Murder" is her first novel and was longlisted in the Mslexia first novel competition. She had tremendous fun writing "Poisoned Pens", her second novel, which is is unlike any writing residential she's ever done. *It's pure mischief," she says. She is a charity CEO and executive coach. LNL Questionnaire as

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Among the Bloodpeople – Thomas Glave

By at September 10, 2013 | 4:12 pm | 0 Comment

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Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh by Thomas Glave My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a tough book to review, it was by no means an easy read, but that is no reflection on Thomas’s writing style, it is of course due to the subject matter which is most disturbing to say the least. The thing about the book is that he really delves into the psyche of what it is

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Neil Young – Waging Heavy peace – Review

By at September 10, 2013 | 4:10 pm | 0 Comment

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Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love Neil Young, he has been a great part of my life for over 25 years, hardly a day goes past when I don’t listen to one of his songs.. yet even through that he is a kind of elusive fellow, he doesn’t really share his demons like my other musical hero Brian Wilson, of whom, let’s face

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The Exchange – Nikki Rashan – Review

By at August 26, 2013 | 12:45 pm | 0 Comment

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What a great book, so well written. The thoughts the actions the result of their actions all played out and put down on paper so eloquently in this book. You really get inside the head of Kyla and Asia as they hit relationship meltdown. You get both sides of the story per chapter; what they are thinking, what the other will think, how friends react to the news, reading

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The Glass Factory – Ken Wishnia – Book Review

By at August 25, 2013 | 4:23 pm | 0 Comment

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I really enjoyed this book. I had not heard of the Filomena Wishnia books before but will definitely look out for them in the future. Filomena is an ex cop with a grudge, a well deserved grudge against a chap that has to all intense and purposes murdered her - you will have to read the book to understand what I mean. Filomenia is a brilliantly conceived

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The Hardest Thing – James Lear – Review

By at August 18, 2013 | 3:19 pm | 0 Comment

Firstly just to say this is not a book written for lesbians, it’s a crime thriller for gay men but that being said it’s a great romp of a thriller with quite a lot of sex!  Like a porn version of Jack Reacher. Dan Stagg is an ex marine who lost his job due to the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ position the army take in America, sadly once he ‘told’ he was

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Wild Girls, Wild Nights edited by Sacchi Green – Review + Competition

By at August 7, 2013 | 4:26 pm | 0 Comment

What a sizzling read, right from the offset this book is page after page of pure sex but we aren’t talking fantasy here, no this tomb is real life stories. Memories of past erotica re-lived within these pages, what ever your taste, there will be a story here for you. My favourites were Alisson Wonderland, brilliant writing style similar to that of Tom Robbins, I thought

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Lesbian Romances 2013 – Radclyffe – Review

By at July 30, 2013 | 2:31 pm | 0 Comment

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Each year we have been treated to a great selection of stories put together by Radclyffe, this years is no different the stories are written by Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows, Radclyffe, and amongst others, woven into these pages are stories of new love, old loves, new passion and lots more besides, As always we really enjoyed

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – Review

By at July 20, 2013 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

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This book just kept popping up everywhere, I read about it, heard songs that were inspired by it and saw pictures of it… so as they say in Twin Peaks; if three things happen pertaining to the same event one must pay strict attention, so I downloaded J I have read Herman Hesse many years ago ‘Journey to the East’ and I had enjoyed that very much, I also enjoyed

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Rare Stamps: Reflections on Living, Breathing, and Acting by Terence Stamp

By at June 2, 2013 | 7:42 pm | 0 Comment

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I read the first Terence Stamp autobiographies in the 80's and just loved his introspection then, so imagine my joy when I discovered 'Rare Stamps' a journey through the thoughts of Mr Stamp whilst he was making some of his brilliant movies, but also when he wasn't, on his travels around India and the wisdom he found along the way. One of the many pearls of wisdom is

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Celebrity of the month | May 2013 – Author – Danielle Trussoni

By at May 1, 2013 | 8:19 am | 0 Comment

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About Danielle Anne Trussoni is an American writer. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Her book Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir was chosen as one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times. Trussoni was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and

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Briefs Encountered – Julian Clary

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:27 pm | 0 Comment

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I read an article about this book a while back in the Mail and knew I just had to read it. It really has lived up to my expectations and in fact exceeded them. It is a great read! The twists and turns will make the hairs on your neck stand on end! It takes you to places you never would have imagined it would go - past, present and even the future. The premise of the

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April 2012 – Writer, Actor – Valentine Palmer

By at May 24, 2012 | 12:45 pm | 0 Comment

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About Valentine has spent some 35 years in the world of media and entertainment. His early career embraced leading roles in London’s West End, including Bill Sykes in “Oliver”, as well as many appearances in classic British TV shows like “Dr Who”, “Emmerdale” and “Minder”. For many years a well-known voice artist, Valentine later became a producer of

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March 2012 – Author – Sophia Blackwell

By at March 24, 2012 | 12:48 pm | 0 Comment

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About Sophia Blackwell was born in Newcastle in 1982 and read English at Oxford, where she began her career as a spoken word artist. She has performed her poetry at some of the UK’s biggest festivals and venues and her first collection, Into Temptation, was published in 2009 by Tollington Press. Her other writings have been published in Diva, Trespass, Fuselit and

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January 2012 – Author – Linda Grant

By at January 24, 2012 | 1:09 pm | 0 Comment

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About Linda Grant born 15 February 1951 is a British novelist and occasional journalist. Linda Grant was born in Liverpool to a family of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants.She was educated at The Belvedere School (Girls' Day School Trust), read English at the University of York (1972 to 1975), then completed an M.A. in English at McMaster University in Canada. She

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December 2011 – Poet – Eileen Myles

By at December 24, 2011 | 1:23 pm | 0 Comment

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 About Eileen Myles operates in the art, writing, and queer performance scenes as a kind of observant flaneur. She is a poet, novelist, and performer who has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. She was born in Cambridge, MA in 1949, and graduated from UMass (Boston) in 1971. She came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Her most recent book

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May 2011 – Author – Elena Moya

By at May 24, 2011 | 3:24 pm | 0 Comment

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About Elena is the author of the wonderful new book the 'Olive Groves of Belchite 'Elena Moya grew up in the Mediterranean coastal town of Tarragona, near Barcelona. After graduating in Journalism from the University of Navarre, she worked for El Periodico de Catalunya, and won a Fulbright scholarship to do a Masters in Financial Journalism in the US. Elena settled in

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November 2010 – Author – Karen Mcleod

By at November 24, 2010 | 3:08 pm | 0 Comment

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About Karen McLeod is the author of the award winning In Search of the Missing Eyelash published by Vintage (the novel won a Betty Trask award). She is a cabaret performer and recently retired air stewardess. She has worked as a cleaner, a life model and a balloon seller. She lives in south London with her record player Karen is also speaking at the London

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October 2010 – Poet – Stephen John Kalinich

By at October 24, 2010 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

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About Stephen John Kalinich was born in Endicott, New York, America. He is a poet who has also collaborated with many musicians, includingP F Sloan, Art Munson, Kenny Hirsch,Randy Crawford, Mary Wilson of the The Supreme's, Odyssey, Clifton Davis and Diana Ross. He wrote several songs for The Beach Boys including "Be Still", "Little Bird" and A Time to live in dreams

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August 2010 – Author – Sarah Waters

By at August 24, 2010 | 3:17 pm | 0 Comment

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About Sarah Waters was born in 1966 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. She studied English Literature at the universities of Kent and Lancaster, after which she worked in bookshops and libraries, before returning to postgraduate study. She then gained a Ph.D in English Literature, her field of study being lesbian and gay historical fiction, and also had articles on gender,

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June 2010 – Author, Groupie – Pamela Des Barres

By at June 24, 2010 | 3:20 pm | 0 Comment

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About Pamela Des Barres was born in los angeles. During elementary school, her father moved the family to southern California. Her mother was a housewife and her father worked for Anheuser-Busch and occasionally worked as a gold miner. She idolized The Beatles and Elvis Presley as a child, and fantasized about meeting and dating her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney.

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April 2010 – Author – Stella Duffy

By at April 24, 2010 | 3:26 pm | 0 Comment

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About Stella Duffy is a writer and performer born in London who spent her childhood in New Zealand before returning to the UK. She has written twelve novels - seven literary novels published by Virago and Sceptre and five crime novels in the Saz Martin series, published by Serpent's Tail. She has also written over thirty short stories (one of which is featured in

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