Also in this week’s debrief: Maddie Zahm, Jess Glynne, and a winter romcom


While the rain certainly has been pouring this week, that hasn’t stopped these queer releases from shining through. In this week’s DIVA Friday Round we take a look at some of the best music, TV, and books that have come out in the last seven days. 

MUSIC: Maddie Zahm – Now That I’ve Been Honest 

The singer who went viral for her song Fat Funny Friend is back with another album of heart-wrenching songs. After coming out on her track You May Not Like Her last year, this new album explores Maddie’s queerness in all its painful, beautiful, and exciting ways. We spoke to the singer earlier this year, so check out our interview here

BOOK: It’s A Fabulous Life by Kelly Farmer 

It’s winter romcom season already! This sapphic retelling of It’s A Wonderful Life will keep you warm on these cold October nights. This book follows the story of Bailey George who dreams of travel and adventure but has been stuck in Lanford Falls for as long as she can remember. 

However, things start to look a little less bleak when Bailey runs into her high school crush Maria Hatcher… 

TV: Living For The Dead

A gay Scooby Doo with K-Stew? You know we screamed with excitement when this came out this week. Produced by Kristen Stewart, five queer ghost hunters head across America’s most haunted spots to shed light on untold stories. It’s probably one of the campest, queerest ghost programs you’ll see this month. 

MUSIC: Friend Of Mine – Jess Glynne

The pop sensation is back with another banger! The UK artist has been dominating the music industry throughout her career, earning her 7 UK No.1 singles (the most by any solo British female artist in history), two UK platinum albums, 11 platinum singles and nine BRIT Award nominations.

“This song is about honesty and forgiveness,” Jess explained. “All friendships and relationships have their ups and downs, life isn’t perfect. Hopefully people can hear their own stories in the lyrics and it brings them hope. I wrote ‘Friend of Mine’ with one of my closest friends and collaborators, Jin Jin. We have worked together so much over the years but this was a real moment for us. It was my first time working with Sub Focus and Ollie Green, and it felt really special walking into a room with such open, safe souls.”

BOOK: Mudflowers by Aley Waterman

This gorgeous debut novel from Aley Waterman is definitely a must-read this year. In the year following her mother’s death, the main character Sophie finds herself navigating a complicated love triangle between a new flame and a past partner. This enigmatic read is perfect for snuggling up with on these darker evenings.  

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