NB: a major new podcast

April 1, 2019 § 1 Comment

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Writing from the trashfire that is the UK’s current media landscape, it is such an unbelievable joy to be able to share some good news.

And this is really good news.

Writer/filmmaker/performer Amrou Al-Kadhi and presenter/producer Caitlin Benedict have gathered together some of the most exciting trans and/or non-binary creatives and campaigners in the UK, and made a SEVEN EPISODE LONG series for the BBC.

NB – BBC Sounds

Made by trans people, featuring trans people, covering the topics trans people want to discuss, without compromise – all on one of the biggest media platforms in the world.

This is the trans media I’ve been desperate for. And it’s so, so good.

We’re such experts at sharing the worst transphobia the media has to throw at us (see epic twitter thread here).

I’d love to see us put in even half that much energy into sharing a triumph like this.

Happy listening.

An incredibly busy year

April 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

There’s a reason why there was no blogging for the rest of 2017…or for the beginning of 2018, and I think it’s a good one: I’ve been on book tour, on album tour – and writing and speaking everywhere else but here. Only so many hours in the day – and a lot to try to remember – but I’m finally remembering to fill everyone in on the blog.

2017 was UK based: book festivals, community events, training days, university conferences, scratch nights and book shops. The kind of things I’ve been talking about – trans lives, gender, change and hope – are all featured in the BBC Radio 4 show below  – and in the accompanying article.

Word of Mouth

CN Lester on language and gender identity

For the Photographer’s Gallery, I wrote about the challenge of the cis gaze – in the street, and backwards and forwards in time:

Being seen

And for the Barbican: the struggle to understand other trans people without collapsing their realities into our own.

Trans lives: whose words?


The highlight of 2018 so far has to be the trip to Sydney to speak to the All About Women feminist festival as part of a trans panel featuring Sally Goldner, Jordan Raskopoulos, and Eddie Ayres. I’m still processing how transformative the whole experience was – but the panel is on YouTube for all who want it:

Feminism Beyond Gender Binaries

And I had the best interview experience ever with SBS…

SBS CN Lester


The rest of 2018 is shaping up to be just as full: shooting an art project with Daniel Barter, recording the audiobook for Trans Like Me in May, getting ready for American publication in June , preparing for the most ambitious Transpose ever in December, and gigging/speaking around the country. And trying to finish my PhD.

Twitter and Facebook are best for more regular news – but I’ll try to update here more often. Enormous thanks to everyone who’s read this far – and in particular the people who’ve been reading for years, and the book besides. Onwards and upwards. And, finally, in white tie and tails…


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credit to AbsolutQueer photography

“people need to open their eyes to the diversity of experience”

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

In which I am interviewed by More Than the Music and talk industry, activism, TERFs, misgendering and being a bit sadcore.

“It’s always a challenge to present yourself honestly in a world that rarely acknowledges that truth”

May 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

…in which I am interviewed by TYCI – hope you enjoy it.

And still my shaking…

April 4, 2014 § 3 Comments

…the astonishing beauty of Lester’s vocals – DIVA

Aether is an album that demands your attention with the kind of songwriting and arrangements that truly reach into the deepest part of those lucky enough to have discovered it. Compelling, sometimes utterly disarming, Aether is a profoundly personal offering that needs to be heard. – So So Gay


Aether is one of those albums where you want to turn all the lights off and just let the music wash over you. You can drown in it. – Cheryl Morgan

Three more gigs and the preview tour for Aether will be over. Lying in the ocean at night, performing for film festival crowds, cars and trains and cars and trains and swimming pool shoots and sleeping under the piano in the studio – I’ve gotten a little lost and wrong in the making of this, but in the most wonderful way.

Reviews are coming in. Interviews are beginning. I have a handful of comp tickets left for Tate Modern on Sunday, and the video is out.


I have quite a number of exciting plans stuffed up my sleeves for the summer. Do keep your ears pricked for news of the next music video call out.

But, most of all, thank you.

Aether is available on iTunes and Amazon now.

So January wasn’t all bad…

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

…it’s still my least favourite month, but it had some pretty sweet moments.


Dark Angels had its first review – possibly the best review of my career so far. “This is no less than creativity at its most lucid and profound.” There’s no way it can be anything other than downhill from that, but I’m overjoyed, nonetheless. Many, many thanks to So So Gay.


We also had a lovely message from composer Jonathan Kulp,  whose settings of Emily Dickinson form an integral part of the Dark Angels programme. A really fantastic composer (and former competitive skateboarder!) – check him out.


I hopefully managed to talk some sense about media transphobia and Burchill to Pride Live Radio and, with Trans Week at the New Statesman brought forward, was named as a trans role model (in some very good company). Writing this makes me feel somewhat bashful but also, it must be admitted, rather proud.


Start as you mean to go on, right? Come on 2013 – let’s have at it.

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September 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

“I think artistic culture (both ‘high’ and ‘pop’) is one of the greatest tools we have with which to effect change. The nature of artistic communication – the necessity of empathy and imagination, of being unbearably close, of transcending the self – is, I believe, the very form of communication required to break down the barriers imposed by a kyriarchal system.” If you liked that then go read the rest here. 

Chatting with Classic FM

September 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

I realised that I’d failed to put up a link to the chat I had with Classic FM a little while ago about castrati musicians and travesti roles – enjoy!


Classic FM Arts Daily 20.05.10

A brief interview…

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

…with Future Radio – on a very crackly line. But many thanks to them.


Listen here – 26 minutes in. Music and activism and cake. So, yeah, that’s my life.

Another interview, another review

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Again, so many thanks to everyone involved – and, you know, if you’d like to interview/review then just say the word. I can be convinced to answer all sorts of ridiculous questions.


First up, some lovely comments from BOLT magazine – queer feminism from Ireland, yes please.


Second – the second part of my interview with So So Gay – because changing the world should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list.

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