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Natasha Holme
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Lesbian diarist
Lesbian diarist

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For the past eighty years, the Mass Observation project in the UK has been encouraging members of the public to submit a one-day diary every 12th May. This date in 1937 was the day of King George VI's Coronation.

www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may

UK people--contribute and become part of recorded history!
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"Do you know the Satire of Juvenal?"--19th century lesbian Anne Lister's code for our modern-day gay slang "Friend of Dorothy" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend_of_Dorothy). Anne Lister's biographer Helena Whitbread signs our book at Brighton's Lesbian Lives Conference at the weekend.
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New blog post: Extract from @HelenaWhitbread's and my new book, Secret Diaries Past & Present www.lesbiancrushdiaries.com/extract-from-secret-diaries-past-present

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Loving the latest review of Helena Whitbread's and my new book, Secret Diaries Past & Present:
https://lesbrary.com/2016/12/29/jess-van-netten-reviews-secret-diaries-past-present-qa-with-helena-whitbread-natasha-holme

"I had never heard of Anne Lister or Natasha Holme’s diaries prior to this encounter and just one chapter in, I commit to buying all related materials."

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I have just published a new book—a Q&A collaboration with Helena Whitbread, author of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Anne was a wealthy lesbian diarist who lived two centuries before our time.

Helena and I investigate Anne’s and my obsession with keeping detailed encoded diaries about every aspects of our lives, including our lesbian sexuality. The book is illustrated with photographs of Anne’s and my diaries. Section headings include:

---Early sexuality
---Keeping a diary in the age of technology
---The mentality behind keeping a detailed diary
---Encoding
---Similarities and differences in Anne’s and Natasha’s diaries
---Obsessiveness
---How Anne managed her lesbian sexuality
---Adult sexuality
---Christianity
---Helena’s reaction to Anne’s and Natasha’s diaries

PAPERBACK (£4.99)
UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1539873366
US: www.amazon.com/dp/1539873366

EBOOK (£1.99)
UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N78B99Q
US: www.amazon.com/dp/B01N78B99Q

“When I first heard that you have been keeping a diary from a young age and, furthermore, that you had used an esoteric code, I was immediately interested. I was further intrigued by the fact that you are a lesbian and wrote about your sexual life. It seemed to me that a modern parallel could be drawn with Anne Lister, the early 19th century lesbian diarist who had written a great deal about her lesbian sexuality in her journals, couched in a secret code of her own devising. I thought it would be interesting to see how far this hypothesis could be taken and wondered if you would be willing to join me in an exploration of the similarities and differences, as diarists and as lesbians, between yourself and a woman who lived some two hundred years before your time.”
Helena Whitbread

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On holiday in Halifax! This is the beautiful Shibden Hall, home of 19th century lesbian diarist Anne Lister. Helena Whitbread, editor of Anne's diaries, is taking me on the Anne Lister trail.
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Print zine on eating disorders by @hannawebsite. It includes a piece by me: http://hannaonline.bigcartel.com/product/hanna-issue-2-take-a-bite

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