Diana Souhami wins the 2021 Polari Prize

We are thrilled to announce that NO MODERNISM WITHOUT LESBIANS by Diana Souhami was announced as winner of the 2021 Polari Book Prize.

Praising Souhami, judge and CEO of the National Centre for Writing, Chris Gribble described the book as “richly researched, entertaining and hugely enjoyable” offering “insight into the lives, passions and legacies of a group of outstanding women who together helped change the course of their culture. Souhami is a brilliant guide and this book a celebration, corrective and fillip all in one.”

Now in its tenth year, the Polari Prize is the UK’s first and largest LGBTQ+ book award. Established to promote writing that explores the LGBTQ+ experience, Polari also focuses on amplifying diverse voices through a series of literary events, including the regularly touring Polari Salon.

The Polari First Book Prize, to celebrate emerging LGBTQ+ literary talent, was awarded to Mohsin Zaidi for his memoir A DUTIFUL BOY.