Trans writing in Ireland hasn’t taken off in the mainstream yet, but Irish trans writers are out there. Many are published in anthologies, literary magazines, blogs and websites, and even more are just learning to love writing.
In association with the Trans Writers Union, here is an ever-growing list of (out) Irish trans writers.
If you are an out Irish trans writer or know one, suggestions are welcome via the contact form below, or any of the Small Trans Library Dublin‘s platforms!
Sara-Jane’s books Becoming Myself and Wrong Body, Wrong Life were some of the earliest books about trans life in Ireland. The non-fiction books, published 2008 and 2010 respectively, tell about Sara-Jane’s childhood in 1960s Dublin, as well as the experiences of people living with gender dysphoria in Ireland. Find her at: @sarajanecromwel
James (🐭) is a writer from Dublin exploring perceptions of the queer body in fiction and non-fiction, with work in So Hormonal, Tales from Solas and Queer Love: An Anthology of Irish Fiction. Find him at: @townmice
|Caitlín R. Kiernan|
Born in Skerries and living in the US, Caitlín has been publishing SFF and horror since the nineties, so prolifically that their bibliography has its own Wikipedia page. Their oeuvre and awards are too long to list, but their most recent novel is The Tindalos Asset, and the short fiction collection Comes a Pale Rider is forthcoming. Find them at: @auntbeast
An editorial assistant and founder of the Small Trans Library Dublin, Kate is also a writer with a stunning essay in So Hormonal: Essays About Our Hormones titled “An Impersonal History of Self-Medication” broaching misconceptions of HRT and self-medication in Ireland and the UK. Find her at: @fornothingIsay
Founder of the game studio DREAMFEEL, Llaura is an award-winning game maker best known for co-writing the spectacular 2020 visual novel If Found… about a trans girl in 1993 dealing with isolation and connection on Achill Island. Find her at: @ldreamfeel
Anna has been published in many forms across zines, journals and anthologies, including a multimedia piece with Fallow Media, poetry in The Stinging Fly, a story in Outsiders, and an essay in So Hormonal, to name just a few. Find them at: @annaw999
|This list is ongoing. If you or someone you know should be included, reach out to us!|
The Small Trans Library is also working to get their writing in our catalogue, and would welcome donations as such.
Last updated: 18th November 2020