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. Here is an ever-growing list of (out) Irish trans writers created with the help of the Trans Writers Union.
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
Soula was born in Dublin to an Irish mother and a Greek father. She currently lives in Ireland with her dog and writes fiction as well as pieces about culture, trans liberation and autism. Find her at: soulaemannuel.com
Fiona is a writer currently living in East Cork. A singer, actor and ex-Kindergarten teacher, Fiona is something of an all rounder but has found her authentic voice prefers the mode of writing as an expressive outlet above all else. She has had several of her quasi stream of consciousness essays published online by such publications as Prism and Pen, Rainbow, An Injustice and Empowered Trans Woman. Find her at: @FionaJFeng1
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
A prolific science writer who’s written for the Business Post, Irish Tatler and IMAGE Magazine, Shubhangi was most recently editor-in-chief of the Trinity Student Scientific Review. Find them at: @Repealist_
William Keohane is a writer and poet from Limerick. His work has appeared in Hennessy New Irish Writing (The Irish Times), The Ogham Stone, The Stony Thursday Book, and his essays and poems have been broadcast on the RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany. He is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
|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
|Rían Browne O’Neill|
Rían is a queer writer and advocate whose areas of interest include gender and sexuality, culture and social change, and current affairs. Rían was previously Editor-in-Chief (2018/19) for the National Student Media Award Nominated magazine Sexpress and has had his work featured in publications such as Headstuff, SpunOut and Motley Magazine. Find him at: @rianbrowne
Anna has been published in many forms across zines, journals and anthologies, including multimedia work with Fallow Media, poetry in The Stinging Fly, fiction 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.