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MPG NEWS RELEASE

FIRST-EVER UK PUBLISHER WINS LAMBDA
‘LGBT INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD’

On Friday 4th June, Millivres Prowler Limited became the first British company to win the coveted ‘Independent Press Award’ at the Lambda Award Ceremony. Publisher of literary fiction imprints GMP (Gay Men’s Press) and Diva Books, as well as the steamy Red Hot Diva and Zipper erotic titles, the company forms part of the Millivres Prowler Group, which also publishes international magazines Diva and Gay Times.

Comment from MPG Books Publisher, Kathleen Bryson:

“As an independent British publisher producing queer books for the last twenty-three years, we are thrilled that the Lambda committee has seen fit to honour an international company.

“We are a small and hard-working business and the significance of this award is not lost on us. We believe that independent publishing allows a multitude of voices to be read and savoured, not just those of the mainstream or the best-selling. We are dedicated to publishing high-quality books at reasonable prices for the international LGBT reader, and are so pleased that the judging panel recognises our strength and commitment to the wider lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We are over the moon!”

Comment from Managing Director of Millivres Prowler Group, Simon Topham:

“We are very proud and grateful to receive this prestigious award. The environment for independent publishers is difficult and even though we have a long and illustrious history as one of the world's first gay publishers, the last few years have been ones of tough decisions, hard work and innovation. So it's a great encouragement and honour to be recognised by Lambda.”

MPG Literary Imprints

Literary fiction, genre fiction and non-fiction with a lesbian slant

“[Diva Books'] strength is in its growing fiction list, which offers a wide variety of tastes and styles” – MSLEXIA
“Big names head for the Diva list” – THE BOOKSELLER

   

Popular, literary and genre fiction, for gay and straight readers, incorporating Gay Times Books (anthologies and gift books)

“Unafraid to break boundaries in modern literature, GMP remains on the front line of gay culture” – BENT MAGAZINE

- The Lambda Literary Awards are given for books of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers.

- Millivres Prowler Ltd. is Europe's largest and longest established LGBT media group. Our four imprints are distributed in the U.S. and worldwide, and titles have been translated into Spanish, Dutch and German.

- Diva Books was the first UK press to win a Lambda Literary Award in 2001

- In 2004, Millivres Prowler Group is also celebrating 30 years of business – providing information, entertainment and shopping to the LGBT community

www.millivres.co.uk / www.lambdalit.org