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24 July
The pilot episode of my Resonance FM show, Suite (212) – which looks at the arts in their social, political, cultural and historical contexts – aired last Wednesday. My discussion with Fatema Ahmed and Daniela Cascella can be heard here, with a regular series planned for the autumn.

I will be in conversation with Chris Kraus about her new book, After Kathy Acker, at the London Review Bookshop on 25 September. More details on the Events page.

I am delivering a keynote paper, entitled ‘What’s in a Name? Auto-fiction, Anonymity and Authorship’ at the Anonymity conference at Newcastle University (13-15 September). More information here.

I have a short text in the first Liberated Film Club anthology (Book 1), alongside writings by John Akomfrah, Shezad Dawood, Tony Grisoni, Shama Khanna, Chris Petit, Ben Rivers, Andrea Zimmermann and others. More information here.

12 July
I wrote last week’s Dispatches column for Frieze, reporting on the cultural and political climate in London after the recent General Election.

I have a paper entitled Forms of Resistance: Uses of Memoir, Theory, and Fiction in Trans Life Writing in the latest edition of Life Writing (Routledge). More information here.

19 June
My short story, ‘Never Going Underground’, has been included in Comma Press’ new anthology, Protest: Stories of Resistance, which will be published on 6 July. Other authors include Sandra Alland, Kit de Waal, Stuart Evers, Courttia Newland, Holly Pester and Alexei Sayle.

I recently published a response to the General Election results at the Repeater Books blog, talking about Mark Fisher, John McDonnell, neoliberalism and #grime4corbyn.

I will be speaking at this weekend’s Feminist Emergency conference, on a panel to discuss ‘Sexual Difference in the New Millennium’ with Catherine Malabou, Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose (with Amber Jacobs as chair).

2 June
I have a piece in the latest issue of Strike magazine, on VALIE EXPORT’s film Syntagma (1983).

Ker Wallwork and I have curated a set of short films ‘in dialogue’ with our Approach/Withdraw (2016) for an event at the East End Film Festival on 25 June. The programme includes our film, alongside works by Katherine Araniello, Andrea Crespo, VALIE EXPORT, Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Stéphane Marti, Eline McGeorge, and Lis Rhodes.

8 May
Two new events: one at Goldsmiths, London, on 9 June, reading short fiction alongside Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Olivia Laing, Sophie Robinson and others; the other at the Emerald Street Literary Festival on 10 June, interviewing Cosey Fanni Tutti (ex-Throbbing Gristle, COUM Tranmissions, Chris & Cosey). Please see the Events page for more information.

25 April
Two new talks have been announced – a public lecture at the MAC (Belfast) on 24 May, and a short story reading/panel at London’s Raven Row gallery on 4 June. For more information, please see the Events page.

9 April
I will be in conversation with Charlie Fox at Burley Fisher Books in east London on 19 April, to discuss his new book This Young Monster (Fitzcarraldo Editions). Further details and tickets here.

On 25 April, I will be in discussion with Indian filmmaker Pallavi Paul about her experimental trilogy Long Hair, Short Ideas. The event is presented in association with Carroll/Fletcher and will take place at the Close-Up Film Centre at 8pm. More information and tickets here.

I am appearing with Alison Green and Sophie Mayer at a Little Atoms event at Waterstones Piccadilly on 29 April, as part of the Writers of the World Unite festival, to discuss The SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas. More details here.

On 3 June, I will be reading from a forthcoming short story as part of the events programme for 56 Artillery Lane, an exhibition about domesticity at the Raven Row gallery in London. More details here.

Richard Seymour interviewed me for a feature entitled ‘None Shall Pass: Trans and the Rewriting of the Body‘ in Salvage magazine.

I was interviewed by Year 9 students at Ecolint, Geneva, about trans politics and activism.

My old sixth form, The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, reported on my recent return to talk to the LGBT and Feminist Societies.

27 March
I reviewed Hida Viloria’s memoir, Born Both: An Intersex Life, for The Washington Post.

I will be reading from my forthcoming collection of short fiction at Goldsmith’s, London on Friday 9 June as part of their Queer & Trans Writing series. Other guests are Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Olivia Laing, Sophie Robinson and Isabel Waidner. Book tickets here.

19 March
I appeared on Novara Media on Resonance FM on Friday 3 March, discussing the media in the age of ‘fake news’ and Donald Trump with James Butler and Ash Sarkar. You can listen to that here.

I will be speaking at the London Free School of Applied Critical and Feminist Theory on 21 July. Other speakers include Emma Dabiri, Clare Hemmings, Sumi Madhok, Sophie Mayer, Rahul Rao and Celia Roberts. More information can be found here.

27 February
My latest short story, ‘A Report on the i-Smile Happiness Watch’, has been published at Berfrois.

I answered a questionnaire designed by Momus for Minor Literatures.

I will be speaking at the Transgender, Gender and Psychoanalysis conference at the Freud Museum on 12 March; at Queen Mary University of London on 13 March, 6-8pm, to launch their Sexual Cultures Research Group; the Sick! festival in Brighton on 20 March; and at the International School of Geneva on 24 March. More information on the Events page.

The short film that I made with artist Ker Wallwork, entitled Approach/Withdraw, will be shown as part of the BFI Flare film festival on 18 March, in a programme with six other works. More details and tickets here.

I contributed a short piece to the booklet accompanying the British Film Institute’s DVD release of The Crying Game, commemorating the movie’s 25th anniversary. There are also essays by Ashley Clark and Brian Hoyle.

25 January
Another piece at the Verso blog – this time, a short playlist to accompany Trans:  A Memoir.

16 January
I wrote a short piece about cultural critic Mark Fisher, who died on Friday, which I read at the Writers Resist event. It’s up at the Verso Books blog.

14 January
Two talks have been announced: a panel appearance as part of the global Writers Resist event on 15 January, and a conversation with Slovenian author Suzana Tratnik on 26 January, both in London. For more information, please see the Events page.

2017

10 December
I wrote about Trans: A Memoir for the Guardian‘s Paperback Writer series.

The Hackney Citizen interviewed me about my book.

15 November
Whilst in Sydney, I recorded an interview for ABC’s Bookish videocast, which can now be found here.

My conversation with Kimberlé Crenshaw, Robert Eaglestone and Simon Glendinning about ‘Strange Affects and Collective Emotions’, held at this year’s HowTheLightGetsIn festival, can now be watched online.

I will be in conversation with music/football journalist and writer David Stubbs at Pages of Hackney on 8 December – please see the Events page for details.

7 November
Further dates have been announced for the Trans: A Memoir paperback launch, at Burley Fisher Books and The Horse Hospital in London. See the Events page for further information.

You can listen to my recent conversation with Nina Power via the Verso Books podcast page.

29 October
My latest text, ‘Sertraline Surrealism: After Claude Cahun’, can be found here. It was commissioned by Lydgalleriet (Bergen) as part of the Smarginature project, and additional texts by Hannah Black, Natasha Soobramanien and others will be published.

Scott Esposito and I talk about gender, technology and digital culture in the latest issue of Granta Español.

I appeared on Resonance FM’s Out in South London this week, discussing Trans: A Memoir with Rosie Wilby. The show also featured writer/comedian V. G. Lee, and a conversation between Clayton Littlewood and historian Jeffrey Weeks.

The Pigeonhole are serialising Trans: A Memoir – more details here.

20 October
I am now a resident of Somerset House Studios – an ‘experimental workspace … connecting around 300 artists, makers and thinkers with audiences’. More information on the project, including a list of current residents, can be found here.

Trans: A Memoir was named as the first-ever runner-up for the Polari First Book Prize, coming second to The Good Son by Paul McVeigh.

I have a short essay on ‘How do you visualse a woman in the 21st century?’ in the catalogue for Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery. Other contributors include ANONHI, Eve Dawoud, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Paloma Faith, Chris Kraus, Linder, Zanele Muholi, Nina Power, Martha Rosler, Tai Shani, Ali Smith and Linda Stupart.

16 September
The paperback version of Trans: A Memoir will be issued by Verso Books in November. I will be in conversation with Nina Power at Foyles (London) on 27 October to launch it.

My interview with the former Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram – one of the stars of the France team that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 – features in issue 22 of The Blizzard – buy or download the magazine here.

A review of my appearance at Edinburgh Book Festival can be found here.

I was interviewed by Get Surrey about being shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize (and being from Horley).

29 July
Trans: A Memoir has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Other shortlisted authors are Stevan Alcock (Blood Relatives), Anne Goodwin (Sugar and Snails), Jacqui Lawrence (Different for Girls), Andrew McMillan (Physical), and Paul McVeigh (The Good Son).

My article about Austrian filmmaker Gustav Deutsch is up at Frieze, covering the recent DVD release of Not Home: Picturing the Foreign.

21 July
I will be appearing at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival in September. The full programme can be found here.

I am reading at Polari, the LGBT literary salon, on 28 July. The event takes place at the Southbank Centre at 7.30pm – more details here.

11 July
I recommended three books (by Jenny Diski, Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Suzana Tratnik) as part of The Guardian‘s Summer Reads feature. Other authors interviewed include Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Sarah Churchwell, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Sarah Hall, Kazuo Ishiguro, Olivia Laing, David Mitchell, Andrew Motion, Max Porter, Jacqueline Rose, Elif Shafak, Lionel Shriver, Marcel Theroux, Colm Tóibín and Sarah Waters.

I am introducing Jeff Feuerzeig’s film Author: The J. T. Leroy Story at the London Review Bookshop on 29 July. For more details, please see the Events page.

5 July
The latest demo track from my collaboration with Morgan King can be found online – A Farewell (Wave mix).

The Unreliable Guide to London, which features my short story ‘The Corridors of Power’ along with many other authors, is now available from Influx Press.

I am joining a panel at Café Oto on Sunday 17 July to talk about the use of sound in Andrei Tarkovsky’s films. Sponsored by The Wire and chaired by frequent contributor Frances Morgan, it also features writer Sam Davies and composer/artist Trevor Mathison. More details here.

My (print-only) review of ‘The Sprawl’, a mixed media installation by Dutch artists’ collection Metahaven staged at The Lighthouse as part of this year’s Brighton Festival, is in the latest edition of The Wire.

I contributed a few words to 3:AM‘s piece on responses to Brexit. Other writers featured include Katherine Angel, Lauren Elkin, Stuart Evers, Rachel Genn, Niven Govinden, Susana Medina, Stewart Home, Lara Pawson, Will Self, Ali Smith, Chimene Suleyman, George Szirtes, and Will Wiles.

I was also quoted in this TimeOut article about ‘Why it’s more important than ever to attend Pride this year’. Others featured include Meg-John Barker, Mhairi Black, Boy George, Owen Jones, Sadiq Khan, Ian McKellen, Amy Lamé, and Jon Snow.

A reminder that I often post art, film, literature, music and other things of interest at my Tumblr, In Search of the Miraculous.

31 May
The full audio book version of Trans: A Memoir, read by Rebecca Root, is now available from Audible.com.

Claire Potter reviewed Trans: A Memoir for Review 31.

I appeared on the Verso Books podcast, discussing Valerie Solanas’ SCUM Manifesto with Ray Filar and Sophie Mayer.

I will be appearing at Transpose at the Barbican on 26 November, with CN Lester, Travis Alabanza, Andra Simons and They They Theys. More details here.

I was interviewed by the East End Review before my appearance at How The Light Gets In.

26 May
The introduction to the Audible release of the Trans: A Memoir audiobook is available for free download from Amazon.co.uk. As well as the opening chapter, the package includes an interview between me and narrator Rebecca Root, and me reading my short story, A Weekend in Brighton.

Olivia Laing wrote about Trans: A Memoir, alongside books by Dodie Bellamy (When the Sick Rule the World) and Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) for Frieze magazine. The piece was published in the January/February but is now accessible online.

I will be interviewing Austrian avant-garde filmmakers Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller as part of their UK retrospective. Our event is on 11 June at the Close-Up Film Centre in Shoreditch – more details here.

21 May
I will discussing the English translation of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Football, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, at the French Institut in London on 2 June. Also in conversation are journalist Philippe Auclair and translator Shaun Whiteside. More details here.

I was interviewed by Leah Sandals for her Canadian Art article about the Art Gallery of Ontario’s use of the private Casa Susanna photographic archive in their collection.

I also featured on episode 2 of the Good London show for Resonance FM, talking about how life in the capital could be improved.

9 May
I have been added to the bill for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, speaking with Rhiannon Styles and Thurston Moore about radical publishing and DIY culture. Please see the Events page for details.

28 April
I have a piece on Ann Quin’s novel Three in the latest issue of Music & Literature. Other contributors include Scott Esposito, Oli Hazzard, Deborah Levy, Ian Patterson, Boyd Tonkin, Joanna Walsh and Kate Zambreno.

Jacqueline Rose wrote a long essay about trans memoirs for the London Review of Books, responding in part to my book. See below for details on my forthcoming discussion with her as part of Birkbeck’s public lecture series.

I am appearing at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival at Hay-on-Wye on Monday 30 May, discussing individual and collective emotion with Kimberlé Crenshaw, Robert Eaglestone and chair Simon Glendinning. More details here.

I will be in conversation with Owen Hatherley about his new book, The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde at the Cinema Museum in Kennington on Tuesday 28 June. Tickets are available here.

30 March
I will speaking twice in Norwich in April, once with Deborah Levy and once to read from my memoir at UEA Live. I will also be in conversation wih Jacqueline Rose at Birkbeck in May – see the Events page for details. I will also be making a number of festival appearances over the summer, please check back for more information.

I voted in the BFI’s poll to find the greatest ever LGBT films – my choices are here.

I have a piece on Lithuanian filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius in the forthcoming issue of Sight & Sound, as well as a short story, ‘The Corridors of Power’ in the Influx Press compendium The Unreliable Guide to London. Other contributors include Chloe Aridjis, Nikesh Shukla, Will Wiles, Sunny Singh and Aki Schilz – please see their Kickstarter for further information.

11 February
I wrote a piece on Clio Barnard’s short film Dark Glass (2006) for The White Review‘s ‘White Screen’ series (in conjuction with the Film & Video Umbrella).

I reviewed the Champagne Life show at the Saatchi Gallery for Canadian Art magazine.

I contributed a piece on Xanthra MacKay and Mirha-Soleil Ross’s film Gendertroublemakers (1993) to a publication in support of Patrick Staff’s show at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.

I did an interview with Five Books about works that blur the line between autobiography and fiction. Features B. S. Johnson, Leslie Feinberg, Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

The second track, ‘Ocean Wave’, from my collaboration with Morgan King (Illustration, Clubland) can be found here.

I will be speaking at Word Power in Edinburgh on 23 February – details here.

2016

16 December
I discussed my recent book on the Little Atoms podcast with Neil Denny and Becky Hogge, broadcast today on Resonance FM.

9 December
Trans: A Memoir has been included in The Guardian’s Best Politics Books of 2015 list. It has also been shortlisted for the ICA Bookshop’s Book of the Year prize.

3 December 2015
I have set up this page to make it easier for you to find my new work, which will also be posted in the relevant sections. I will also post news about upcoming Events here, as well as on their own page.

My book, Trans: A Memoir, was published by Verso in September – more information as well as links to interviews and reviews here.

I appeared on Novara Media last week to discuss the book – you can listen here.

I was voted onto the Independent on Sunday‘s Rainbow List for 2015.

I contributed to TimeOut’s list of the 50 best LGBT films – my choices can be found here.

Samira Ahmed interviewed me for the BBC website about trans representation in mainstream film, as well as talking to me about Tangerine (20115) on BBC Front Row.

In 2016, I have events lined up in Manchester on 21 January, Norwich on 23 April, and various others. More information on the Events page as they are confirmed.