Juliet Jacques

One of Val McDermid’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“Combines critiques of trans theory, literature and film with a personal story of transition.”

Val McDermid

Trans writer and filmmaker, inspired by modernism and socialism

Juliet Jacques (b. Redhill, 1981) is a writer and filmmaker. She has published three books, including Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), an account of transition building on her ‘Transgender Journey’ series in The Guardian (2010-12), and Variations (Influx, 2021), a collection of short stories about trans/non-binary life in the UK since the Victorian period. Her short fiction and journalism have appeared in FriezeThe New York Times, Granta, London Review of Books and other publications. Her short films have screened in galleries and festivals worldwide. She completed her Creative & Critical Writing Ph.D. at the University of Sussex in 2019.

“Juliet Jacques is a generally brilliant person, and I’ve just watched her new film, ‘You Will Be Free’, and found it devastating… ‘Trans: A Memoir’ sticks in my mind because it’s the most writerly treatment on the subject of transitioning – and the most writerly recent memoir – I know. By that I mean that Jacques is never self-serving; she is truly interrogatory, and not afraid of irresolution – the book ends in a place of hauntingly life-like ambivalence.” – Chris Kraus

“[A] remarkable account [of being transgender], Trans: A Memoir challenges us all, no matter what our gender or sexuality. Ultimately, it makes us look at ourselves, and wonder what price we pay for the identities we assume, or that we have thrust upon us.” – Philip Hoare

Trans is a marvelously nuanced journey through gender, brilliantly contextualized in the disparate worlds of pop culture, football, mass media, and the NHS. This is a terrific read by an accomplished author.” – Kate Bornstein

“[Jacques’ work] confounds the distinction, not just between male and female, but also between the emotional atmospheres which the various trans identities are meant – ‘instructed’ may be the right word – to personify.” – Jacqueline Rose

“Jacques’s writing is brisk, cutting, unpretentious, sometimes graphically vulnerable, with a bone‐dry sense of humor.” – Andrea Long Chu

I am delighted to be selected for the International Literature Showcase 2019 – I am sure it will provide many opportunities to connect with new audiences.



  • 2021 – Variations (Influx Press)
  • 2021 – ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini’ in The Queer Bible (HarperCollins)
  • 2021 – ‘A Review of A Return’ in Mainstream (Inkandescent)
  • 2021 – ‘Transphobia in the UK Media’ in We Can Do Better Than This (Penguin Random House)
  • 2020 – ‘Aphorisms on Self-Care’ in On Care (MA Bibliotheque)
  • 2018 – ‘Gender Troublemakers’ in Can We All Be Feminists? (Penguin)
  • 2018 – ‘The Holiday Camp’ in Liberating the Canon (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)
  • 2017 – ‘Never Going Underground’ in Protest: Stories of Resistance (Comma Press)
  • 2016 – ‘Corridors of Power’ in An Unreliable Guide to London (Influx Press)
  • 2015 – Trans: A Memoir (Verso)
  • 2014 – Interview with Sheila Heti in Women In Clothes (Penguin)
  • 2007 – Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive Press)

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