An evening of readings by trans* writers

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This event was on Thu 23 Nov, 6:30pm

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Join us to celebrate the launch of TISSUE’s first anthology with readings from contributors Ebun Sodipo, Hesse K, Molly Miles, Saati J Conran McCormack, Louis Shankar and Evelyn Wh-Ell, alongside TISSUE founders/editors/curators/multi-hypenate-workacholics Donna Marcus Duke and Sam Moore.

This inaugural publication is a celebration of the trans* literary scene with a focus on the idea of MAKING, something everyone does every day, often in a way that’s oh-so-trans. Through fiction, poems, essays, and art, the contributors to MAKING explore everything from bodies and histories to Kurt Cobain and Marcel Duchamp. Whether it’s our bodies, meme accounts, or incestuous friendship groups, we’re always making something up, and our motley crew of trans* writers are no exception.

TISSUE is a trans* writing initiative started in 2022, bringing together a vibrant trans* literary scene through reading events, writing groups, parties and publications. 

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About Hesse K

Hesse K is a writer living in London. She writes about having a body, it’s slippages, about class and work; friends, garments, the baroque. Her criticism and prose poems have been published by Pilot Press, MAP magazine, Montez Radio, Sticky Fingers Publishing and Toothgrinder Press, among others.

About Saati J Conran-McCormack

Saati J Conran-McCormack is a London based artist and writer looking at themes of remembrance, taboo, desire and the apocalypse.

About Molly Miles

Molly Miles is a trans non-binary writer, film critic and programmer. Their writing focuses on the intersections between myth and gender, often taking inspiration from the landscape of their turbulent youth in the Devonshire countryside or the city of London where they now reside.

About Ebun Sodipo

Ebun Sodipo makes work for black trans people of the future. Guided by black feminist study, with a methodology of collage and fabulation, her work locates and produces real and imaginable narratives of black trans women’s presence, embodiment, and interiority across the past, present, and future. In doing this, Ebun Sodipo fills in historical gaps to create moments of archival pleasure for black trans people. This work takes place across multiple spaces: galleries, festivals, theatre, digital, and print; in varied forms such as sound, performance, text, installation, video, and sculpture.

Her work has been shown, read, watched, and performed at Frieze London, Cubitt, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Goldsmiths CCA, Narrative Projects, Raven Row, The Block Museum of Art, SHOWStudio, South London Gallery, Arcadia Missa’s How To Sleep Faster, Auto Italia, ICA, Tate Britain, Text zur Kunst, Bergen Kunsthall, Wasafiri, Glasgow CCA Annex, Camden Arts Centre. She has undertaken residencies at Gasworks, Porthmeor Studios, Rhubaba Gallery, and V.O. Curation.

About Evelyn Wh-ell

Evelyn Wh-ell is a writer and artist. They write about disappearing acts, doom, the empty promise of self-actualisation, and deferred endings. Their work has been presented at Kaunas Artists’ House, Auto Italia, Kupfer Project Space, Wysing Arts Centre, and Kingsgate Project Space. Their first monograph, Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole: How to Escape Yourself Without Even Trying was published in 2022 by Sticky Fingers Publishing, and their criticism has been published by Art Monthly, World Picture Journal, and Cambridge Literary Review amongst others.

About Louis Shankar

Louis Shankar is a writer, researcher, editor and teacher based in East London. They dislike writing bios.


TISSUE is a trans* writing initiative, established by Donna Marcus and Sam Moore, offering writers the opportunity to share their work through reading events, writing groups and printed publications. We believe that writers need community, and that community need writers.

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