Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

And So it Begins by Victoria Villasenor

May, 2020. We're heading toward June. Six months of the year seem to have drifted by, pushed by the winds of change none of us expected but all of us, globally, must deal with. It is the eleventh year of the Bold Strokes UK festival. We passed our decade mark, and we're heading into our… Continue reading And So it Begins by Victoria Villasenor

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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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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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BSB UK, Post-Event Thank You

Wow.  Really. What an amazing weekend. The 4th Annual BSB UK event was a roaring, raging, resplendent success. Though one author was unable to come due to illness (we missed you, Gill!) ten other authors held their own for two full days of panel discussions. They joked, read, chatted and just generally charmed the audience.… Continue reading BSB UK, Post-Event Thank You

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2013 Event Program

Saturday, June 8th 1:00pm Panel 1: Romantic Interludes. I. Beacham, Lesley Davis, Russ Gregory and Amy Dunne talk romance Coffee Chat: Let’s Talk About Sex. Justine Saracen, Crin Claxton and Russ Gregory talk about the different ways of writing sex. Panel 2: Location, Location, Location. Andrea Bramhall, Cari Hunter and Rebecca S. Buck talk about the importance of setting.… Continue reading 2013 Event Program

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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

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Bitch Fight: Editor vs Muse. Gill McKnight on the Blog Tour.

My New Year resolution was to blog at least once a week.  Today is the 4th June. I won't tell you how my gym membership is going. The momentum, the catalyst, the propulsion for this blogging splurge is, as ever, an editor. A BSB event has descended to walk among us and brings with it… Continue reading Bitch Fight: Editor vs Muse. Gill McKnight on the Blog Tour.

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Amy Dunne: LGBTQ Books Made Me Realise I Wasn’t Alone.

Never underestimate the power a book can have on you... I’m sat downstairs in the very early hours of the morning, with two sleeping cats and a snoring puppy for company. Why am I awake at such a Godforsaken hour? Well, I believe the upcoming BSB UK book event is to blame. A potent mixture… Continue reading Amy Dunne: LGBTQ Books Made Me Realise I Wasn’t Alone.