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“ We’re all rock and roll”

It’s a sunny and crisp November afternoon in London, and I’m heading to a pub in Borough Market to meet Lucie Barât. The Brighton-based writer, poet and musician is sipping a brandy when I arrive, looking cool as a cucumber in a black Fred Perry polo shirt and grey jeans. I order a pale ale and we get down to it.

DIVA: Poetry, screenwriting, music… you do it all. How do the processes involved in creating each differ?

LUCIE BARÂT: You spend a bit of time in one discipline. I did loads of poetry, and then I did Little Episodes [using art to de-stigmatise depression and addiction], and then books. It was all about using poetry to say stuff. But then my songs are bastardised poems anyway, so it’s not dissimilar. I might have a melody idea, but usually it’s the lyrics. TV’s my day job – but that’s very different because you’ll come up with a whole world, characters and a story you want to tell. It’s a lot easier because then I package it down and give it to my agent, and my agent matches me with producers. Whereas, with the music, I’m driving a lot of it myself because you need to know where you want to place that and how you want it to sound. I guess it’s a bit different. I’m always doing music and writing, TV writing. Poetry’s when I get an extra breath.

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We’ve scored big this month, netting a photo shoot with WNBA legend Sue Bird. In an exclusive cover interview with DIVA editor Carrie Lyell, Bird opens up about her 15 seasons in the league, her relationship with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, and tells us why it’s taken her until now to talk publicly about her sexuality. Also in this issue… DIVA Power List 2017: Who are your movers and shakers of the past 12 month? “I could fall in love with anybody” - singer songwriter Rae Morris chats to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about sexual fluidity Model Queers: We meet the badass women challenging beauty ideals Lucie Barât: “We’re all rock and roll” She shoots, she scores: We catch up with gifted striker Lianne Sanderson The family who play together: Some of our favourite sportswomen thank their loved ones Do you speak #Lesmoji? Try our film quiz. PLUS: Travel, family, reviews and more!