I am a writer and filmmaker based in London. I have published four books: Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007); Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015); a volume of short stories, Variations (Influx Press, 2021); and Front Lines: Trans Journalism 2007-2021 (Cipher Press, 2022). My fifth, a novella entitled Monaco, is due on Toothgrinder Press later this year. I have also contributed to volumes published by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, And Other Stories and others.
I write short fiction, as well as journalism, essays and criticism on literature, film, art, music, politics, gender, sexuality and football. My work has appeared in The Guardian, for whom I documented my gender reassignment in a series entitled A Transgender Journey (2010-12) as well as London Review of Books, Granta, Sight & Sound, Frieze, Art Review, New York Times, The Washington Post, TimeOut, New Humanist, Five Dials, New Inquiry, The New Statesman, Berfrois, Schirn, Mal, Tribune, New Socialist, Novara Media, 3:AM and many other places.
I have made two 16mm films – Approach/Withdraw (2016), co-directed with artist Ker Wallwork, and You Will Be Free (2017). I have also directed a documentary entitled Revivification: Art, Activism and Politics in Ukraine (2018), as part of a residency with the Izolyatsia platform for cultural initiatives in Kyiv. I co-wrote NADA: Act III and The Gift with Jasmina Cibic, and acted in Female Human Animal (Josh Appignanesi, 2017) and the Superflux short film Our Friends Electric (2017).
I also founded and co-hosted Suite (212) on Resonance 104.4fm – a radio programme that looked at the arts in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts – from 2017 to 2021. I currently co-host Novara FM for Novara Media.
I teach on the Contemporary Art Practice MA at the Royal College of Art, and ran a course on queer fiction at City Lit in London in 2019-21. I have also given guest lectures and workshops at Arcadia (London), Brunel, Central Saint Martin’s, Studio Voltaire, Birkbeck, the University of Sussex, Glasgow School of Art, The American University of Central Asia (Bishkek) and elsewhere. I completed my PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex in July 2019, and appeared on the BBC’s Christmas University Challenge in December 2020.
I was included on The Independent on Sunday Pink List of influential LGBT people in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and appeared on a panel at the PEN International Congress in 2014. My Transgender Journey column was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for blogs in 2011, and Trans: A Memoir was runner-up in Polari LGBT Literary Salon’s First Book Award for 2016. In 2019, Val McDermid chose me as one of ten British LGBT+ writers for an International Literary Showcase. I have presented my work across the world, speaking across the United Kingdom, in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy and Greece, in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, in the USA and Canada, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, Australia and elsewhere.
I also play football: I am currently with Clapton Community FC, and have played for the Surrey international team.
My archives are held by the Bishopsgate Institute in London, and my agent is Holly Faulks at Greene & Heaton.
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