The ways in which J.K. Rowling’s critics silence trans voices

Content warning: discussion of misogyny and transphobia; mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault There are few current issues which inspire as much rancour as the debate over trans self-identification, and no individual, surely, who receives as much vitriol for their views on the subject as the author J.K. Rowling. She has been involved in […]


You have the right to speak but not to be heard

Content warning: transphobia. “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” – @jk_rowling, 6 June 2020 Was JK Rowling’s tweet about people who menstruate transphobic? Probably. There are lots of people smarter than me who have responded to it and I suggest […]

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The first UNESCO City of Literature: Edinburgh’s literary tradition

To be a writer you have to have something worth writing about. You need experiences that fascinate others, or adventures like no other. To be a writer, or at least a good one, you need to be inspired. One city in particular has no shortage of all-encompassing inspiration; brilliant authors have grown up in Edinburgh […]



A podcast about a grown man reading a series of children’s novels for the first time”. Given that the series in question is, you guessed it, Harry Potter, this concept is mouthwatering to Potterheads. Possibly even a mild intoxicant. Each week, host Mike Schubert gives listeners a breakdown of a few chapters, including a summary […]