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Another Book

I have signed a contract with Head of Zeus for another book. My fourteenth. It will be in my oeuvre of Di’s Dykes: the way things are it seems the best I can do is to keep on writing the sort of books that fascists like to burn.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust

My biography of Edith Cavell led to my being invited to be patron of heritage for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. This charity helps nurses who hit on hard times because of illness or impoverished retirement. One of Edith Cavell’s ambitions was for such provision for nurses.

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Past Events

Ladies of the Left Bank

Wiltons Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 · 7:30 p.m.

Paris between the wars was a hotbed of radical female experience, with Gertrude Stein, HD, Djuna Barnes and Mina Loy regrafting identity through the language of feminism and sexual politics. Lisa Dwan, Prudence Chamberlain, Peggy Reynolds and Diana Souhami will celebrate the great poetry of this cohort, the role of their sexuality in shaping Modernism, and their radical feminist perspectives.

Read more at Poet in the City

Modernism Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Lesbians

The MAC, Belfast

Saturday, 25 March 2017 · 12:30 p.m.

Another scheduled talk by me: part of ‘Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics’ taking place 20-26 March 2017 in Belfast.

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The Artist Gluck “no prefix suffix or quotes” and Other Notable Lesbians

Redmonds Lecture Theatre, John Moores University, Liverpool L3 5UG

Friday, 3 March 2017 · 6 p.m.

I will give this talk. It’s the 3rd Allan Horsfall Lecture, sponsored by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in honour of its founder. The event is free but booking is essential.

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Tales of Hidden Heroes: Lesbians and Modernism

University Centre, Shrewsbury

Friday, 17 February 2017 · 6.15 p.m.

I will give this talk at the Shrewsbury LGBT History Festival

Gluck, Radclyffe Hall, Violet Trefusis and other Notable Lesbians

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Sunday, 12 February 2017 · 4.30 p.m.

I will give this keynote lecture at the Exeter LGBT History Festival.

Forbidden Lives

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Join author Diana Souhami (The Trials of Radclyffe Hall, Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter), Nigerian activist and asylum seeker Aderonke Apata, The Rt Hon. The Baroness Barker and intersex lesbian activist Valentino Vecchietti as they discuss forbidden lesbian and bi women’s lives from the past to the present with DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska.

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International Nurses Day

Salford Health Centre

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The naming event will feature talks by Diana Souhami, who wrote a biography of Edith Cavell, and Dr Claire Chatterton of the Open University, who is chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society.

Polari Soho Special

The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7JR

Monday, 11 April 2016 · 6 p.m.

London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon goes back to its Soho roots with this special event for London Book Fair. Hosted by Paul Burston with readings from author Diana Souhami, playwright and actor Alexis Gregory, poet and spoken word performer Keith Jarrett and author and comedian VG Lee. Cocktails and chat from 6 p.m. Readings from 7 p.m., with a bookstall kindly provided by Gay’s The Word.

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