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A list of useful links intended for LGBT authors, publishers and readers. Click on the title if linked, to go to a blogpost about the organisation. Please email me: if there are inaccuracies, broken links or an organisation you think should be included. Thanks.

LGBT Bookshops:


Gay's the Word, 66 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB London. website: email: facebook: twitter: @gaystheword Phone: 020-7278-7654  Open: Mon - Sat 10h00 - 18h30 Sun 14h00 - 18h00. Tube: Russell Square. The Oldest, largest and most highly regarded traditional LGB bookshop in the country, arguably the last one. Much much more information on their website and particularly their facebook page, which deserves a visit! (updated 21/04/11)

Prowler soho, 5 - 7 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0RF. website: facebook: twitter: @prowlerlondon Phone: 020-7734-4031 Open: Mon - Sat 11h00 - 22h00 Sun 12h00 - 20h00. Tube: Oxford Circus. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Part of the MillivresProwler Group. (updated 22/04/11)

CloneZone Soho, 64 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UQ. website: email: facebook: twitter: @ClonezoneUK Phone: 020-72871619 Open: Mon - Sat 11h00 - 21h00 Sun 12h00 - 20h00. Tube: Leicester Square. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a blurb of each book. (updated 22/04/11)

CloneZone Earl's Court,  266 Old Brompton Road, Earl's Court, London SW5 9HR. website: email: facebook: (NB not the same page as cloneZone Soho) twitter: @ClonezoneUK Phone: 020-7373-0598 Open: Mon - Sat 10h00 - 20h00 Sun 12h00 - 18h00. Tube Earl's Court. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a blurb of each book. (updated 22/04/11)


Prowler Birmingham, 29 - 30 Stephenson Street, Birmingham, B2 4BH. website: facebook: http:// twitter: @prowlerlondon Phone: 0121-665-6379 Open: Mon - Wed 10h00 - 18h00 Thu - Fri 10h00 - 19h00 Sat 10h00 - 18h00 Sun 12h00 - 17h00. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a brief description of each book. Part of the MillivresProwler Group. (updated 22/04/11)

CloneZone Birmingham, 84 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD. website: email:  twitter: @ClonezoneUK Phone: 0121-666-6640 Open: Mon - Sat 11h00 - 22h00 Sun 11h00 - 18h00. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a blurb of each book. (updated 22/04/11)

Prowler Brighton, 112 - 113 St. James's Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH. website: facebook: http:// twitter: @prowlerlondon Phone: 01273-683-680 Open: Mon - Wed 10h00 - 18h00 Thu - Sat 11h00 - 20h00 Sun 12h00 - 17h00. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a brief description of each book. Part of the MillivresProwler Group. (updated 22/04/11)


CloneZone Manchester, 33 - 38 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WA. website: email:  twitter: @ClonezoneUK Phone: 0161-236-1398 Open: Mon - Thu 11h00 - 20h00 Fri - Sat 11h00 - 21h00 Sun 11h00 - 19h00. Stocks a range of ranchy stuff and also some gay novels. Has an online store and features a blurb of each book. (updated 22/04/11)


News From Nowhere, 96, Bold St.Liverpool L1 4HY. website: email: facebook: phone: 0151-708-7270 Open: Mon - Sat 10h00 - 17h45. A radical bookshop with an LGBT section, website with direct sales and a comprehensive programme of events in-store. A not for profit workers co-operative. (updated 22/04/11)


Word Power, 43-45 West Nicholson St. website: email: facebook: Phone: 0131-662-9112 Open Mon - Sat 10h00 - 18h00 Sun 12h00 - 17h00 A Radical bookstore with an LGBT section. Organising the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair and hosting the Edinburgh Book Fringe. They do book readings and signings. They will link to publishers and authors websites if a reciprocal link is posted. They provide a distribution service and have an online bookstore. (updated 22/04/11)

Overseas (not a comprehensive list) GLBT bookhop in darlinghurst, australia Queer bookshop in au.
Vrolijk, Amsterdam
Les Mots a la Bouche, Paris Atlanta GA boston MA

Publications carrying reviews of LGBT Books:


The List, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD (NB all correspondence to go to the Edinburgh Office). website: email: (editorial) (research) (magazine advertising) (online advertising) facebook: twitter: @thelistmagazine Phone: 0141-332-9929. A listings magazine not dissimilar to Time Out, and very gay friendly. They have now diversified to include an impressive and comprehensive website with listings from around the UK. They publish book reviews and publicise events such as book signings for free. (updated 23/04/11)


The List, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE (Registered Office). website: email: (editorial) (research) (magazine advertising) (online advertising) facebook: twitter: @thelistmagazine Phone: 0131-550-3050. A listings magazine not dissimilar to Time Out, and very gay friendly. They have now diversified to include an impressive and comprehensive website with listings from around the UK. They publish book reviews and publicise events such as book signings for free. (updated 23/04/11)


Time Out: (details from website, better info to follow when I get back to UK, bizzarely, their Tottenham Court Road office's address is not on the website?) website:  email: facebook: twitter: @TimeOutLondon @TimeOutArt (NB no LGBT twitter profile as yet) blog: Phone: 0844-815-5861 Frequency: weekly. (subscriptions, no free download from the website) Time out is a major presence in London and worldwide. A listings magazine par exellence and very LGBT friendly, with a dedicated Lesbian and Gay section. It carries book reviews in the print edition, although these were hard to find on their website. (updated 22/04/11)

Gay Times, Unit M Sectrum House, 32-34 Gordon House Road, London NW5 1LP website: email:(Deputy Features Editor) (Advertising Manager) facebook: twitter: @GayTimesMag phone: (editorial) 020-7424-7400 Frequency: monthly. (no free download from the website) Key LGBT publication. Carries book reviews Part of the MillivresProwler Group. (updated 23/04/11)

Attitude Magazine, website: email: (editor) facebook:!/pages/Attitude-Magazine/15247855753 twitter: @AttitudeMag phone: (editor) 020-7608-6446 Glossy mag with lots of book reviews. Online issue and physical copy. (updated 01/05/11)

so so Gay, Registered address: The Library, 102 Campbell Road, Bow, London E3 4EA website: email: via online form. facebook: twitter: @SoSoGay Frequency: monthly. An online magazine. And they do book reviews! (updated 23/04/11)


Fyne Times, publisher: Fyne Associates, Linde Buildings, 7 Nuffield Way, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 1RJ. website: email: & Twitter: @Fyne Times Phone 01235- 468-428 is an LGBT magazine with a physical issue and a website, and carries book reviews. (updated 19/05/11)


Bent magazine, APN House, Leeds LS11 8BP. website: email: & for advertising facebook: blog: Phone 08712-246-511 Fax: 08701-222-666 A free give-away magazine also available online serving gay men from the North of England. Very designed look and has two pages of book reviews. (updated 19/05/11)  


gScene magazine, 111 Western Road, Hove BN3 1DD. website: email: facebook: twitter: @Gscene Phone: 01273-722-457 Fax: 01273-735-613 Frequency: monthly. A physical and web listings freebie, serving gay men in the Brighton and Solent area. There was a single half-page book review and author photo profile in the April edition. (updated 23/04/11)


Midlands Zone, 4 - 5 Dogpole, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1EN, website: email: facebook: twitter: @MidlandsZone Phone: 01743-281-777 Fax: 01743-218-744 Frequency: monthly. A physical and online magazine with a half page of book reviews. Not specified on the website but presumed give-away, although the cover has a price of £1.20 on it.


Pink Triangle Trust website: is the charity operated by the gay and lesbian humanist association. blog: internet magazine has extensive reviews of LGBT books and says most are available through their online store. (updated 23/04/11)

HOT uk based internet radio show. features books.

Bi Community News
Carries book reviews, but so far as I can see only related to a bisexual market.

New York:

connextions magazine free give-away magazine with book reviews and online version. I am following them on twitter.

first author interviews a website with interviews of authors, details of their books and web links. Perhaps useful, but NO reviews.

Boston, Massachusets:

The Lesbian and Gay Review Worldwide, PO Box 180300, Boston, MA 02118, USA  website: email: facebook: Phone: +1-617- 421-0082. Frequency: bi-monthly. High-end literary magazine with a solid reputation. (updated 23/04/11)

Los Angeles, California:

The Advocate, PO Box 4371, Los Angeles, California CA 90078, USA. website: email: facebook: twitter: @TheAdvocateMag phone: +1-310-943-5858 fax: +1-310-806-6350 Renowned US magazine with book reviews and an online version. (updated 01/05/11)

Qnation is a web-based radio station. Mostly music. Haven't had time to review all their output to see if there's a book slot.


Queer Magazine Online, Gotheburg, Sweden. website: email: facebook: twitter: @queermagazineonline blog: frequency: continuous. An online magazine and community. Their site carries many and prominent book reviews and author interviews. NB in english! (updated 04/04/12)  apparently now closed!

OutImpact, website: email: facebook: twitter: @OutImpact  phone: +1-910-538-4309 New York based online magazine with book reviews and an online radio station, Out Impact Radio. (updated 01/05/11)

Other LGBT Community Publications/Channels:

Out Skirts, a monthly e-newsletter for lesbian and bi women in Tayside, Fife and beyond. email: Speaks for itself. (updated 23/04/11)

ScotsGay, magazine free hand out. website: no book reviews. (updated 23/04/11)

g3 Magazine/Square Peg Media Ltd., 37 Ivor Place, London NW1 6EA. website: email: (editor) (advertising) (listings) facebook: twitter: @G3MAG lesbian mag Phone: 020-7258-1777 Fax: 020-7258-1787 Glossy A4 magazine for lesbians and bi-women which they describe as the "gay version of time out" online and free distribution. They have an arts and culture section, but it has no book reviews. Very designed. (updated 23/04/11)

The Equality Network, 30 Bernard Street, Edinburgh EH6 6PR, website: email: facebook: twitter: @LGBTScotland phone: 07020-933-952 fax: 0702-933-954 Scottish Campaigning organisation, with weekly e-newsletter, LGBT News. Does not carry book reviews. (updated 01/05/11)

AXM website: is a digital glossy magazine delivered by email. no book reviews in the first issue. Isn’t there a physical copy too? no info? very “designed” and consumerist. (updated 23/04/11)

FitLads website: glossy give-away with an electronic pdf to download. No book reviews. (updated 23/04/11)

Out in the City website: also freebie glossy online no book reviews based. Content seemingly related to advertising. (updated 23/04/11)

GOSSIP!DUNDEE New Gay Community Magazine for Northern England 07821-973095 facebook: Project on hold due to illness. (updated 22/04/11)

Hertfordhire Gay Group, website: email: fax: 07006-065-973 small, but has a quarterly newsletter. social calendar revolves around badminton and beer. (updated 24/04/11)

Lesbilicious, website: twitter: @Lesbilicious Online only lesbian magazine with books/are pages, only no reviews, curious?

South London Gays, website: email: Social group with main focus on a monthly meeting on Second Tuesday of each month with guest speakers, including authors. (updated 23/04/11)

BoyZ Magazine, as I strongly suspected carries no book reviews (updated 28/04/11)

QX Magazine, as I strongly suspected, carries no book reviews (updated 28/04/11)

The Pink Paper, Spectrum House, Unit M, 32 - 34 Gordon House Road, London NW5 1LP, website: facebook: twitter: @Pink_Paper phone: 020-7424-7400 fax: 020-7424-7401 There is no print edition, The Pink Paper is now online only and has a handful of book reviews (updated 01/05/11)

Websites which carry book reviews: site for reviews of indie e-books, also lists editors and cover designers.

Blogs: (updated 22/05/11)

LGBT Book Publishers

UPDATE 15/10/13 I’m intending a series of posts about LGBT publishers, from the perspectives of a reader looking for LGBT content, a queer author looking for someone to publish their work and from the viewpoint of someone working in the publishing industry. Information is difficult to obtain and often out of date. Starting points for discovering information can be found here:
and here:
Obviously I have already been all over these links and will be filling in the space below as I work through them in more detail, linking as I go to blog posts.

Paradise Press, obviously!

Treehouse Press, P.O Box 65016, London N5 9BD, England, UK, email:, website: Although their website doesn’t identify them as LGBT publishers, the owner, Shaun Levin, was the founding editor of London-based queer literary magazine Chroma. See my blogpost 20 Oct 2013 small independent imprint in US mainly "gay" sci-fi and horror Update 15/10/13: the website addrerss now returns an error. I have been unable as yet to determine their current status.

Dreamspinner Press, website: publish romantic gay fiction in the US.

The Gay Publishing Company--a new contender in the US? I can't find any books actually published by them, but then lead times are long? They offer editorial services and more. Watch this space for updates once I'm in touch with them. Meanwhile, these are the contact details: website: no email evident and the web page looks embryonic yet carries a 2007 copyright notice. Perhaps this is a failed start-up?(20/05/11)

Alyson now only releasing e-books

Of Interest:

Book 2 Book: website: twitter: @Book2Book London based website with loads of interesting information about the book trade. (udated 23/04/11)

The Lesbian Mafia: twitter: @TheLesbianMafia An interesting twitter page. (updated 23/04/11)

Publishing Triangle, supporting LGBT writers. NYC based. website: twitter: @pubtri They operate a membership subscription with entitlement to listing of author's books on their website.  (updated 24/04/11)

Black Gay Books: twitter: @BlackGayBooks sends endless tweets, each featuring a book by a black gay author. The website listed takes you to what looks like an amazon page where the book can be purchased. I can't find out if there is a similar service for the rest of the LGBT community. updated 23/04/11)



Gaywise Festival, November 2011, at venues throughout London. website: twitter: @GFEST A massive queer cultural jamboree including a Paradise Press book launch as part of the official programme. (updated 23/04/11)


Queer Up North 
IQUN Limited, 5 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JD. 
Tel: 0161-833 2288. Fax/Minicom: 0161-833 2299.
 website: email: facebook: is the largest and most significant producer and presenter of gay arts in Europe and the only organisation of its kind in the UK. Established in 1992, "Queer Up North" was the country's first gay arts festival and took form as a sense of excitement was emerging around queer culture in Manchester in the early nineties. Brings outstanding UK and international artists to Manchester every May/June - from Contemporary Dance and Theatre to Music, Comedy, Cabaret and more. It happened in 2010, but their website says they are running with a skeleton staff. Arts Council Funded, so at risk in the present climate. (So also, to be verified 24/04/11) 


Edinburgh Book Fringe, 5 - 25 August 2011, at Word Power Books (see listing under bookshops). Varied programme of events seemingly all at 13h00 in the bookshop throughout the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe. Programme not yet released. (updated 23/04/11)

Edinburgh International Book Festival,  13 - 29 August 2011 at venues around Edinburgh. website: email: & twitter: @edbookfest facebook: Phone:  0131-718-5666 Programme to be released in June. (updated 23/04/11)

The 15th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair, 26 - 30 October 2011 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG, Scotland, UK. Being organised by Word Power Books, stalls for over 70 publishers, author events, book launches, writing workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, school workshops and more. (updated 23/04/11)

LGBT Spaces:

Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Centre,  88b High St. Dumfries DG1 2BJ website:  email: Phone: 01837-274-147 they clearly have a café space but it seems to have a full programme of events. There are no literary events listed. Their space could possibly be booked outside the times for their events programme, but there is no information about this. The website is not very helpful and there is no physical information about the space. (updated 23/04/11)

The Equity Centre,  1 Longlands Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2TP website: email: Phone: 01274-727-759 have a nice building which they can’t fully utilise because of lack of volunteers. It could be an ideal book reading venue. They have an email news bulletin which could be used to publicise.

The Manchester Gay Community Centre, 49 - 51Sidney Street, Manchester. Phone: 0161-274 3814. Open for all to visit, it has a coffee bar, a meeting room and phone lines available. It is deeply worrying that I can find no website for them. To be verified (24/04/11)

Lesbian and Gay Foundation, manchester website: twitter: @lgfoundation  Some events held in their piccadilly offices. (updated 23/04/11)

LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Edinburgh,  9 Howe Street, Edinburgh website: email: facebook: twitter: @LGBTHealthy Tel: 0131-523-1100. LGBT community centre in the heart of the New Town offering a range of events, courses and activities. Also provides meeting space for community groups. (updated 24/04/11)

Edinburgh LBGT Centre, 58a and 60 Broughton Street. E-mail: phone: 0131-556 9471 Houses Café NomDe Plume and Pride Scotia. FreeWiFi Internet access (sponsored by ScotsGay). Bought in 1974 by the ScottishMinorities Group, it is the only LGBT-owned LGBT Centre in the UK and is also the oldest LGBT Centre outwith the USA. Meeting RoomBooking Tel: 07817-533337. (updated 23/04/11)

Leicester Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre, 15 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HH, website: email: facebook: Phone: 0116-254-7412 (updated 23/04/11)

The Metro Centre, Greenwich, Norman House, 110 - 114 Norman Road,  London SE10 9QJ, website: email: phone: 020-8305-5000 fax: 020-8305-5001(updated 23/04/11)

Gay and Lesbian Q Space, Milton Keynes, Suite A -b, Witan Court, 317 Upper Fourth Street, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 1EH, website: (although this website is for the organisation which runs the centre, it strangely has no information about it on the site, but they clearly have a venue) facebook: twitter: @Qalliance phone 01908-241-528 fax:01908-309-922 (updated 23/04/11)

The Pavillion LGBT Centre, Derby, 2 - 3 Friary Street, Derby DE1 1JF, (The links stated seem to take you to Derbyshire Friend, but they clearly have an LGBT venue.) website: (There is more information here: ) email: phone: 01332-207-704 (updated 23/04/11)

The Gay Centre, Darlington, 9 Duke Street, Darlington DL3 7RX, website: email: facebook: Phone: 01325-252-522 (updated 23/04/11)

Glasgow LGBT Centre Has closed following allegations of mismanagement.

Oxford Lesbian and Gay Centre has closed following a fire started in the women's toilet.

LGBT Book or Writing groups:


London Gay Reading Group (updated 19/05/11)


Laydybird Book Group. Friendly and social lesbian book group meets each 2nd Tue of each month from 7.45pm in Café Nom De Plume. Newcomers welcome. Contact for more information and details of books coming up this year. email: Speaks for itself, the venue has a capacity of 50. (updated 23/04/11)


LGBT reading group at Bedminster library, last Tuesday of the month 18h00 - 19h00. info on the bedminster library website according to but the library website: has no information I am trying their email: for confirmation that the group still exists.

Bristol Book Club, email: gay men meeting in member’s flat to read gay literature once a month or a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 19h30 for 20h00. (updated 25/04/11)


Northern Gay Writers, (updated 23/04/11)


Liverpool Women's Book Group (LGBT), Meets at 19h30 on the last Tuesday of each month at Doctor Duncan's, St. John's Lane, Queen's Square, Liverpool, L1 1HF website: email: facebook: (updated 24/04/11)


Blackpool LGBT Reading Group,  Meet at 18h00 on the last Thursday of the month at the Central Library, information from the library NB Central Library actually closed until September 2011, so I'd better email them to verify details. (updated 24/04/11)



“Pink Paper”

Broadcast Media:

Shout Out Bristol. RADIO station on internet in Bristol Thursdays 19h00 - 20h00 at: and broadcast on FM frequency: 93.2MHz. Website suggests other initiatives in other cities, to be followed up. Shout Out Bristol is a bit camp and superficial and the presenters were not very well informed, had poor diction and used "like,went, go" English rather too much for my liking, but features an interview spot. There is a listing spot, which could publicise a book reading, they seemingly list everything they are sent, even a local gay tennis group. In the last issue they played 2 pop music tracks in the half hour of the episode I listened to, the rest was talk radio. The podcast cut off at 30 minutes in. Will report back when I've heard live in twoweeks' time. (24/04/11)

to be followed up “Queer i” magazine online and physical queer mag in N england. The website link doesn’t work from here: no trace found on websearch, assumed dead.

West and Wild Bookshop
(Gay and Lesbian Bookstore)
25A Dundas Street
Scotland, UK
+44.(0)131.556.0079 I can find no trace of them on the web, I think they must have shut down. Bummer! They were one of the old school.
following this organisation listed here on twitter. NTY based, has 22 awards for fiction, non fiction and poetry to dish out every year.

Manchester's own lesbian and gay talk show on BBC Greater Manchester Radio (GMR) (95.1FM). News, views, gossip, and live interviews from 7.30pm-8.00pm. But I can’t find the programme in the GMR schedules, I think it may have been axed. Yep, not a trace of it.
BUT BBC Radio Manchester has at least one programme: LGBT Citizen Manchester, seemingly on Monday nights from 9pm to 10pm.

220Morrison Street. Tel: 0131-
538 7069.Mon-Sat 10am-1pm,
2-5.30pm. Sells a selection of

Birmingham LGBT Community Trust Website: Facebook: Setting up LGBT Health Centre in Brum with 4 year Lottery grant. (updated 20/05/11)

Twitter Bird Gadget