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The Writer’s Room

EMMA DONOGHUE TELLS DIVA’S FILM EDITOR LUCY PETERS ABOUT ADAPTING HER BEST-SELLING NOVEL FOR THE SCREEN
PHOTO ANDREW BAINBRIDGE

Over the past 20 years, novelist Emma Donoghue has become known for sensitive, witty portrayals of lesbian romance and tightly-plotted historical yarns. There’s Stir-Fry, a gentle coming-of-age story about a girl who moves in with a lesbian couple in 1980s Dublin; Landing, a cheerful take on the trials of a long-distance queer relationship; The Sealed Letter, about a scandalous 19th-century divorce. However, her name is now permanently associated with her 2010 publishing sensation, the story of Jack, a five-year-old boy who lives with Joy, his mother, in a locked room. Excavating issues of sexual violence, gender identity and parenthood, Room has sold over two million copies, won numerous prizes and, this year, become a deeply moving film.

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In the new issue Skin from Skunk Anansie talks to us about being a successful black gay rocker. She's had the courage to play with gender, to strut, preen and mean it right from the beginning and she's made it work for her. Just wait until you see the stunning photo-shoot that acompanies the interview. Oh, and please welcome our new columnist Jack Monroe who, from this issue, will be writing exclusively for DIVA about their parenting experiences. February is, of course, LGBT history month and our time-sleuths have brought the past to light in features that examine the importance of historical fiction for lady-lovers. Also in this issue: Kate Bornstein – who knows a thing or two about breaking gender rules. Author Chinelo Okparanta. Singer Aneesa Chaudhry. Club promoter and DJ Claud Cunningham. Oscar-nominated Emma Donoghue, author of Room, now on general release as a film. With a nod to Valentine’s Day, we asked you to tell us why you love your partner. Rosie Wilby explains why she still treasures her exes. The hidden presence of bi women in LGBT history. Ursula Martinez. Izzy Rabey AKA Madame Dollar explores issues of identity. Jess T Dugan's explores a gentle kind of masculinity in her photography. Travel to Bournemouth or Niki de Saint Phalle's art garden in Tuscany and check out our top tips for a memorable holiday Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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