Redfern Jon Barrett is an author and activist. Born in the North of England, they lived a nomadic life of market towns, seaside resorts, and industrial cities before gaining a Literature Ph.D. from the University of Wales. Redfern wrote the Sci-Fi novel FORGET YOURSELF while living in Berlin, followed by THE GIDDY DEATH OF THE GAYS & THE STRANGE DEMISE OF STRAIGHTS a literary fiction novel nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards.

Redfern’s short stories have featured in literary magazines THE SUN, PASSAGES NORTH (2019 issue), and FLASH FICTION ONLINE (upcoming 2018), as well as  having been shortlisted for Scotland’s HISSAC prize and exhibited at the National Museum of Denmark. Their nonfiction has been published in GUERNICA, PINKNEWS, and STRANGE HORIZONS. Redfern’s political campaigns and personal life have been referenced throughout the British and wider press, including THE INDEPENDENT, METRO, THE MIRROR, BUZZFEED, and (alas) THE TELEGRAPH and THE DAILY MAIL. A long-time activist with ties to numerous queer, polyamorous, and pagan communities, Redfern is drawn to the eccentric and the exceptional.

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Email: redfernbarrett (at) gmail (dot) com


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)