An Evening with Shon Faye

Wed 18th May, 7pm
Waterstones Liverpool
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

An Evening with Shon Faye

An evening with acclaimed writer Shon Faye, author of the ground-breaking work, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice.

In this powerful book, Shon Faye reclaims the idea of the transgender issue to uncover the reality of what it means to be trans in an inherently transphobic society. The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice is an era-defining, agenda-setting call for trans liberation which will reshape our current conversation on transgender rights. The book is a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new, healthier conversation about trans life – a manifesto for change and a call for justice and solidarity between all marginalised people and minorities.

“Monumental and utterly convincing – crystal clear in its understanding of how the world should be.” – Judith Butler on The Transgender Issue

Presented partnership with Waterstone Liverpool One

Shon Faye was born in Bristol, and is now based in London. She left a career in law to pursue writing and campaigning, working in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent and Vice, among others. Faye recently launched an acclaimed podcast series, Call Me Mother, interviewing trailblazing LGBTQ elders.

Her best-selling, debut book The Transgender Issue is a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new, healthier conversation about trans life. It is a manifesto for change, and a  call for justice and solidarity between all marginalised people and minorities. Trans liberation goes to the root of what our society is and what it could be; it offers the possibility of a more just, free and joyful world for all of us.

“Few books are as urgent as Shon Faye’s debut…Faye has hope for the future – and maybe so should we.” – Independent

Shon will be in conversation with a dear friend of WoW, Sarah Maclennan.

Sarah Maclennan is Head of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. Her current research focus is on creative writing as a methodology,  and how engagement with creative writing increases confidence and fosters a sense of belonging.

She has worked extensively with community writers and participants in marginalised groups; people in recovery from addiction, those experiencing mental ill-health, women trafficked into the country, refugees and others. For two years, she was Reader in Residence for Knowsley Libraries and was the first Writer in Residence at Aintree Hospital, contributing to a PCT/NHS document ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ that assessed the impact of creative activities on health. She has edited a number of books  books for Writing on the Wall: two for What’s Your Story? and for the first iteration of Write to Work, and most recently Humanise, a project with young refugees. Her poetry has been published in The Doghouse Book of Ballads, Orbis and The Reader. She won the Poetry in the City competition and her poem The Heart of the City was displayed at over 100 sites in Liverpool.

Date: Wednesday 18th May

Time: 7pm

Location: Waterstones, 12 College Ln, Liverpool, L1 3DL

Price: £6/£5

These are difficult times. Concession prices may be too expensive for some. We are offering gifted and reduced rate tickets, and a pay it forward scheme. Email info@writingonthewall.org.uk and we will do our best to gift you a ticket.

All venues will be fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact info@writingonthewall.org.uk to request a BSL interpreter at any of our events.

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