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New Diversity Trust Newsletter

The latest newsletter from The Diversity Trust has been published. As usual there is a lot of good content. I’m delighted to see us getting into the field of easy reading training. That’s essential to so many areas of social … Continue reading

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Eurocon Live

In a week’s time I will be in Barcelona and will be in the middle of my one panel (on same-sex utopias). You might not be able to be there, but the whole convention is being streamed live, and will … Continue reading

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Tomorrow – Stories of Strong Women

My next Bristol Festival of Literature appearance is tomorrow at Arnos Vale Cemetery. I’m joining a panel chaired by Becky Walsh titled “Stories of Strong Women”. Also on the panel are historian and historical fiction writer, Lucienne Boyce; artist Deenagh … Continue reading

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Kingston University Does Gender – Thursday Night

I have been planning to spend this coming weekend in London for some time, because Trans*Code is happening. Then last week I got an invitation to be part of a panel on gender organised by Kingston University Students’ Union. As … Continue reading

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Science, Smarter Than TERFs

One of the interesting things about supposedly progressive newspapers like The Guardian and The New Statesman is that, while their politics pages are often resolutely transphobic, and quote “science” as proof that trans women are “really” men, their science pages … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu

I don’t have to say any more than that, do I? OK, it’s an anthology, and it is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Sadly it doesn’t seem like there will be an open submissions period. And oddly every single one of … Continue reading

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The National Diversity Award Trophy

The trophy for the National Diversity Award won by Ujima Radio has now made it back to Bristol. While I was in the studios yesterday I took the opportunity to get a photo with it (thanks Melody!). Of course I … Continue reading

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Getting More Women In Translation

Yesterday’s post about the numbers of women writers being translated was a bit depressing, but we can make progress on this. I was reminded (thanks Sue and Christina) that there are exciting projects underway in Spain, including this one: Spanish … Continue reading

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2015 Tolkien Memorial Lecture from @leverus

That’s a recording of Lev Grossman’s lecture as presented in Oxford earlier this month. It is a little over half an hour long, so if you don’t have time to watch it all you can read my thoughts on it … Continue reading

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Updated Review Policy

Because I have better things to do with my life than respond to people who won’t take no for an answer, I have a new review policy. Basically, if you ask me for a review then you won’t get one.

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TDOR Video

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, the Rt. Hon. Councillor Alastair Watson raises the transgender flag outside City Hall to mark the Trans Day of Remembrance. This is the first ever civic event in Bristol organized for trans people. The event … Continue reading

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Bristol 24/7 TDOR Coverage

One of the things I did yesterday while I was in Bristol was write an article about TDOR, and how Bristol compares to other cities as far as trans rights goes. That went live today in Bristol 24/7 as part … Continue reading

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Slow Living, TDOR and HIV on Ujima

Today’s Women’s Outlook started quietly enough. In the studio for the first half hour was Jo Keeling who, amongst other things, is the founder of Ernest Journal, a magazine dedicated to a slow and considered lifestyle, and made in a … Continue reading

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Ann Leckie on the Guardian Books Podcast

I discovered from Twitter this morning that the latest edition of the Guardian Books Podcast features Ann Leckie. Naturally I had a listen, and I think it is well worth your time too. The podcast actually starts with an interview … Continue reading

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Destruction Will Continue Until Dudebro Morale Improves

I should really have done this blog post last week, but I had lots of things to write about and got sidetracked. Anyway, as you may remember, the Women Destroy Science Fiction crowdfunding campaign was so successful that they managed … Continue reading

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Back to the Well

This afternoon I decided to take the car out for a run. After all, I have it for a week. I might as well make use of it. Inevitably, I went down to Glastonbury, because what’s a neo-pagan girl to … Continue reading

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Graham Joyce, R.I.P.

When you are nursing someone who has cancer one of the last things you want to hear is that a good friend of yours has just succumbed to the disease. I did dedicate this week’s Women’s Outlook show to Graham, … Continue reading

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C’est La Fin Du Monde!

Via the Forbidden Planet International blog I have discovered that there will soon be English translations of Atomas, a French superhero comic from the 1940s. Based on the few sample pages they posted, it looks fabulous. The plot is suitably … Continue reading

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Time Out Of Mind – Anne McCaffrey Clip

Here is a clip from episode 4 of Time Out of Mind. This one features Anne McCaffrey. She talks about how she got into writing science fiction, and does a fairly mild feminist rant. There is also a brief appearance … Continue reading

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Country Tagging

Yesterday I was tweeting with Crystal Huff about the number of different countries we had met people from over the past two weeks. I thought it might be useful to give an impression of just how international the SF&F community … Continue reading

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