Redfern Jon Barrett is a writer and activist. Author to novels Forget Yourself and The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights, their stories have appeared or are upcoming in Booth, The Sun, Passages North, and Flash Fiction Online, while their other writing has featured in Guernica, PinkNews, and at the National Museum of Denmark. Redfern has also been a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards and Scotland’s HISSAC prize, longlisted for the Royal Academy/Pin Drop Short Story Award, and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

Though born in the North of England, Redfern lived in numerous market towns, seaside resorts, and post-industrial cities before gaining a Literature Ph.D. from Swansea University. Now a resident of Berlin, their personal life and campaign work has been referenced throughout the British and wider European press. Redfern is drawn to the eccentric and identifies as a “polyamorous, pagan giant”.


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Redfern Jon Barrett’s books on Goodreads

The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights
The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights

reviews: 24
ratings: 75 (avg rating 4.01)


Forget Yourself
Forget Yourself

reviews: 15
ratings: 56 (avg rating 3.82)




  • Published two novels: The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (Lethe Press, 2015) and Forget Yourself (Lethe Press, 2016) to positive reviews
  • Finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in New York City
  • Shortlisted for the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC) prize
  • Longlisted for the Royal Academy/ Pin Drop Short Story Award, The Cambridge Short Story Award, and the Inktears Flash Fiction Contest
  • Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award
  • Made it to Audible’s Gay & Lesbian fiction bestseller list
  • Published short fiction in anthologies including Heiresses of Russ: The Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 2014; The Best of a Capella Zoo; The Future Fire X: Ten Year Anniversary Edition; Drag Noir; Renewal
  • Published short fiction in magazines including The Sun; Passages North (2019); Flash Fiction Online; Corvus; The Future Fire; SLEEK; The Jellyfish Review; Crack the Spine
  • Worked with Guernica as a fiction reader and as a judge for the Bi Writer’s association (2017)


  • Published nonfiction in anthologies, including Shaped By Time (National Museum of Denmark, 2012), Witches/Sorcières (Revolver Paris, 2012); wrote the afterword for Threesome (Lethe Press, 2016)
  • Published nonfiction in magazines and journals, including Van Winkle’s; Guernica Daily; Mouthfeel; Strange Horizons; The Future Fire; Polytical; SLEEK Magazine; Gender Forum
  • Worked with the artists Olivia Plender and Unnar Örn on projects performed in the National Museum of Denmark and Malmö, Sweden
  • Worked as a feature columnist for Scifi Methods (2012-2013)
  • Nonfiction featured in newspapers Berliner Zeitung; Bild; BZ; PinkNews
  • Polyamory activist work has been referenced in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, as well as The Metro
  • Was invited to speak on polyamory rights for UCL’s prestigious Debating Society
  • Worked with PEN America as a nonfiction reader for the PEN/Fusion Award


  • Completed a doctoral thesis in the fields of literature, history, and sociology, utilising queer theory: Queer Friendship: Same-Sex Love in the Works of Thomas Gray, Anna Seward, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Godwin (Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, 2010)
  • Published in the peer-reviewed journal Gender Forum
  • Wrote and taught seminars for ‘Introduction to Cultural Studies’ module at Universität Potsdam, Germany
  • Wrote and taught seminars for various level one and three modules at Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, as well as lecturing for the ‘Theories and Monsters’ module (200+ students)
  • Worked as a scribe for disabled students
  • Presented at numerous conferences, including the 2015 ‘Nonmonogamies and Contemporary Intimacies’ conference at the University of Lisbon
  • Was on the review committee for UC Berkeley’s 2016 ‘Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy’


  • Wrote user manuals for particle analysis machines for a firm based in Berlin
  • Worked as English-German translator and head subtitlist for the Oswaldo Medina’s film Hinter der Tür/ Behind the Door (2012)