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Oh, and what kind of books do you write? by Matthew Bright

When I was eight years old I wrote poorly-reasoned mystery stories featuring characters named after my friends. This was quite confusing because two of my friends had the same name, which doesn’t really work in fiction, but I’ll let myself off the hook because commercial success wasn’t high on my list. When I was fourteen… Continue reading Oh, and what kind of books do you write? by Matthew Bright

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Publishable, but worth it? by Anna Larner

E M Forster ‘Publishable – but worth it?’ are the words of E M Forster, inscribed on the cover of the typescript of his novel, Maurice. Completed in 1914, Maurice depicts the turmoil of middleclass Englishman, Maurice Hall, who falls in love with another man at a time (1912) when to do so risked everything.… Continue reading Publishable, but worth it? by Anna Larner

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Save the Shoe Leather by I. Beacham

“I need you to blog,” she says in her usual relaxed BSB editorial voice. I think ‘fine’. I’ll go mow the lawn and hope something relatively cerebral, adroit and, with just a hint of conceptualism - that much sought after topic will leap out to me as I behead the grass and leave all its… Continue reading Save the Shoe Leather by I. Beacham

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Be Brave and Be Happy, by Andrea Bramhall

Vic thought giving us all a topic to write about this year would make it easier for us to think of something new to write about. She seemed to think that the subject of “Change” would be something a little arbitrary. Now, I think she’s a witch with mad fortune telling skills, and a plug… Continue reading Be Brave and Be Happy, by Andrea Bramhall

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Andrea Bramhall Ponders Holiday Meaning

  Andrea Bramhall, author of Ladyfish, Clean Slate, and the forthcoming Nightingale and Swordfish (she's a machine!) gives us something to think about during this holiday season. And remember you can meet Andrea at the Bold Strokes Book Festival in Nottingham in June!       Sooooooooo, editor extraordinaire, Vic Oldham, asked for 'volunteers' to… Continue reading Andrea Bramhall Ponders Holiday Meaning

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AUTUMN LEAVES AND SUNNY DAYS IN PROVINCETOWN

UK author I. Beacham blogs about her trip to Women's Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts.    I’ve just got back from Women’s Week at Provincetown on Cape Cod and ‘she’ who must be obeyed (the one who runs the BSB UK Fest in Nottingham) suggested (this means ‘Do it’) I string a few words together and… Continue reading AUTUMN LEAVES AND SUNNY DAYS IN PROVINCETOWN

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Why You Should Join Us

Hello, all you lovely readers.  I'm here to give you some reasons you should join us at the 5th Annual Bold Strokes Book Festival, UK. June 6th-8th, 2014. Surround yourself with hot, unique Queer fiction. Hang out with other readers of Queer fiction and make new connections. Hang out with the award winning authors of… Continue reading Why You Should Join Us

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Andrea Bramhall Breaks Down Barriers

So the 4th Annual Bold Strokes Books UK book festival is over for another year, and I think pretty much everyone agrees it has been the most successful yet in terms of attendance, sales, marketing, and increasing awareness. Awareness of the Bold Strokes brand, of LGBTQ literature, of readers desires and wishes, and of all… Continue reading Andrea Bramhall Breaks Down Barriers

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Bold Stroking in Other Places

Obviously, you can go to Bold Strokes Books online to get your LGBTQ fiction fix. But if you want a bit more of the UK folks, here are a few places you can find folks this summer: Lowdham Book Festival: We'll have a table full of books for sale UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet, Manchester: We're… Continue reading Bold Stroking in Other Places

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Books and Beer Goggles

I go to a lot of festivals. I sit at tables full of books and chat with people who are browsing. I explain what LGBTQ means to folks who have no clue (always interesting to watch their reactions. Some try to put the book down as quickly as possible without seeming rude, others say, "Oh,… Continue reading Books and Beer Goggles