Penguin Pride

16 June 2016 by Pure Radio

Publishers Penguin Random House have created a new book festival – Penguin Pride.

It celebrates books by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans authors. With reading lists and interactive discussions, it hopes to introduce readers to new voices, and inspire the next generation of writers.

Under the Rainbow has been speaking to Zainab Juma, who is the Creative Manager for the Penguin Brand.

She said her favourite LGBT authors were James Baldwin and Stockport’s Christopher Isherwood.

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Nov 2013 - Community Book of Remembrance

21 November 2013 by Pure Radio

Yesterday was Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s a time to remember those lost to transphobia.

There’ll be a candlelit vigil on Sunday in Manchester, and a opportunity to sign of the Community Book of Remembrance.

Under the Rainbow has been speaking to Andrew Gilliver from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation about the book.

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Feb 2012 - Andrew CJ Smith - Dissolved Boy

9 February 2012 by Pure Radio

Andrew CJ Smith, also known as Dissolved Boy, is a local musician and writer who has written a book.

It’s inspired by his life experiences and problems around adoption, bullying, sexuality and addiction.

Under the Rainbow heard how he’s helping turn his book into a stage play.

Download MP3 (9 MB | 6:40 min)

Sep 2011 - I Exist - LGB Rights Guide

22 September 2011 by Pure Radio

Last month we heard from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation about a survey named I Exist, but did you know the LGF also have a booklet by the same name? Tonight Jo Dunning from the LGF tells Under the Rainbow about the booklet. It contains information and pointers on numerous areas of interest to LGB people.

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The Book Pond

9 August 2011 by Pure Radio

Mark Pattison talks to Joanne Woodmansey, creator of, a site that allows students to buy and sell second hand study books and save some cash.

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