About

Redfern Jon Barrett is an author and activist. Born in the North of England, they’ve lived a nomadic life of market towns, seaside resorts, and industrial cities, never managing to avoid trouble: whether it’s being targeted by far-right websites, or straying from fundamentalist Christianity straight into free-loving paganism. On finishing a Literature Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Redfern moved to Berlin and wrote Forget Yourself, followed by The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights. This polyamory-themed novel was a finalist for New York’s Bisexual Book Awards, whilst their shorter fiction has been shortlisted for Scotland’s HISSAC prize.

Their other writing has been published in Guernica, Pinknews, Strange Horizons, and Sleek, and has exhibited at the National Museum of Denmark. They’ve also worked as a reader for Guernica and PEN America, and a judge for the Bi Writer’s Association. Redfern’s campaign work and personal life have been referenced throughout the press, and more than anything these experiences have taught them to be weird, stand tall (two metres tall, in fact), and to hold on to integrity with both hands.

Twitter: @redfernjon / Facebook page / Goodreads Profile
Email: redfernbarrett (at) gmail (dot) com

 

WRITING PROFILE

Fiction

  • 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
  • Was a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in New York City
  • 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 Corvus; The Future Fire; Sleek
  • Worked with Guernica as a fiction reader and as a judge for the Bi Writer’s association (2017)
  • Shortlisted for the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC) prize

Non-Fiction

  • Published nonfiction in anthologies, including Shaped By Time (National Museum of Denmark, 2012), Witches/Sorcières (Revolver Paris, 2012); wrote the afterword forThreesome (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

Academic

  • 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’

Technical

  • 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)