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

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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.

“It was like the opposite of watching X-Factor…”

June 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hurray! Gay Times reviewed our Dark Angels programme – and what a review.

Go read it now.

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.

Two reviews and an interview

March 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

Just what it says on the tin – enjoy!

 

The Silver Tongue

 

From a High Horse

 

So So Gay

I should maybe stop rambling about mermaids…

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

...at least in interviews. Stirling job, Kaite Welsh – check it out on Last Year’s Girl.

I think my ears are burning…

September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

…because someone is saying lovely things about me. Check it out. And thank you x

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