I’m such an avid reader that I even used to do it for a job! These days, I’m content to simply read for my own pleasure but I’m lucky that I still receive advance copies of many books before they are released. I know, what a treat! Hence why I love sharing my book reviews when I discover something delightful.
So which literary genres do I most adore? Obviously, anything with an LGBT+ subject matter will pique my interest and you will find many queer books among these reviews. I’m especially keen on any books that explore or challenge the gender binary, probably because I’m attracted to people who do this too. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor is one of my favourite examples of this genre.
I’m also keenly interested in any books about non-monogamy, whether they’re fiction or relationship guides, as I’m polyamorous. I also read quite a lot of erotic fiction and ran London’s Erotic Book Club for five years, so you will occasionally see book reviews for some saucy content on here as well.
I’ve also always had a soft spot for biographies and witty/perceptive memoirs. I read Lauren Bacall’s 1972 memoir By Myself when I was a teenager and was spellbound by her wry but warm perspective on her youth and loves. More recently, I was very moved by how clever and heartbreaking these two drag queen memoirs: Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen and Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi.
But this is really just the start, as there are so many amazing books out there and I want to consume them all. So, if you’d like to hear about my recommendations, sign-up for my book reviews by email or follow me on GoodReads. And if you ever have a book you’d like to recommend to me, please Tweet me as I’m always up for discovering new titles.
Heading to the Greek capital? Here’s my guide to all the fun and fabulous things to do in Athens!
Know something else that’s awesome in this fabulous city? Comment below and share the love 👇
This monthly fiesta has been running since 2015 and its inclusive vibes, drag performers and free entry make it one party you shouldn’t miss.
Another crazy monthly party, these throw some super sexual trashy fun nights.
Head to the Blue Bird on Wednesday nights for a mixture of great tunes and drinks, presented by local DJ Stathis Mitropoulos.
Another night from Stathis Mitropoulos is this fabulous Sunday affair at Key Bar.
Usually held in June each year, this is a week-long festival with loads of inclusive events. Run entirely by volunteers, they also hold a fundraiser party every March so it’s worth checking this out if you’re in town that month as well.
Athens’ Queer Film Festival takes place every year around April-May and runs for 10 days.
A three-day film and performance festival hosted by Outview that looks amazing! It was held for the first time in January 2017 and hopefully will be back again next year.
Even though this Greek goddess lives in London, she regularly returns to Athens to perform her alternative drag shows. If you get the chance to see her perform at home, you better not miss it!
This long-limbed lovely does experimental drag and can dance like a demon too.
Aside from being the go-to DJ for queer events in Athens, he also has his own weekly nights, Blue Wednesdays and Sunday Lovers (above).
She may no longer be Blonde but she’s still DJing a mix of cosmic and psychedelic boogie, disco and new wave.www.facebook.com/mynameisvilmarae
Often on the line-up with Vilma, the disco dream Bête Noire can be found behind the decks at all the fun parties in town.
“MOLLY // BOLT is the alter ego of Thrill Seeking//Fun Craving//Women Loving//Ever Changing//Ever Dancing Party Girls.” What’s not to love?
Are they performers? Are they DJ’s? Either way, their parties look awesome.
Aside from having a brilliant name, this chilled cafe/gallery space by day turns into one fabulous party venue at night. It regularly hosts the BananaBoys and Strap-On Unicorn parties (above).
Know something else that is awesome in Athens? Comment below and share the love.👇
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