Raymond Carver - The most disturbing of reads I find those works that meticulously describe the human condition in a state of poverty.
The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales - I was struck by the sensuality of the evocative language, the vivid images, and thought-provoking premise.
Carol Ann Duffy - Literary Crush - UK’s first female Poet Laureate. Open, engaged, and fearless defender of poetry, social justice and equality.
The most revolutionary thing you can do is to be yourself. These are the words of Rita Mae Brown author of the seminal novel Rubyfruit Jungle.
Virginia Woolf - Discovering the writing in the shadows of the writer.
I remember buying my first DIVA magazine in 1994, the year DIVA was first published. I remember thinking a whole magazine for lesbians, WOW.
Ali Smith, Literary Magician - stories resonate way beyond the actual page - Literary Crush by Anna Larner
W H Auden showed me the power of personification as a tool for description - the art of bringing alive the inanimate elements of a scene.
Maurice by Forster, one of the first gay books I read at 17. With no language to express my longing, to find the words that spoke of it meant everything.
Elizabeth Bishop - Reaching for the Moon. One Art. New Yorker. The Village
Silver Moon Bookshop - Anna Larner - We all have certain objects that we treasure that evoke cherished memories of moments, people, and places.
Nancy Garden - Let’s begin, where I began, in the UK in the 1980’s, as a geeky teenager, standing awkwardly at the reception desk of my local library.