Carrie Lyell is a journalist who joined DIVA magazine in 2013. She’s always wanted to write about queer culture (in her words, “because being gay is the only thing I’m any good at”) and is passionate about amplifying queer women’s voices both in LGBT and mainstream media. She was appointed editor of DIVA in May 2017.

“This marks many firsts for me,” Carrie says. “My first time in Wales, my first time on a judging panel, and my first time at this iconic event. I’m very much looking forward to popping my Iris cherry and joining old friends and new on the Iris International Prize jury to make a very tough decision.”