Reading with Redfern Jon Barrett
A glittering metropolis of 24 million people, Berlin is a bustling world of pride parades, polyamorous trysts, and even an official gay language. Its distant radio broadcasts are a lifeline for teenagers William and Gareth, but is there a place for them in the deeply divided city? Meanwhile, young mother Cissie loves Berlin’s towering high rises and chaotic multiculturalism, yet she’s never left her heterosexual district — not until she discovers a walled-off slum of perpetual twilight, home to the city’s forbidden trans residents.
Challenging assumptions of sex and gender, Redfern Jon Barrett’s PROUD PINK SKY questions how much we must sacrifice to find identity and community. Set in an alternate Berlin that’s the world’s first gay state, this novel is an exploration of LGBTQ+ identities and dynamics that’s written for all audiences.
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Redfern Jon Barrett (they/them) is the nonbinary author to novels including PROUD PINK SKY, a speculative story set in the world’s first LGBTQ+ state, released by Bywater Books in March 2023. Redfern’s essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in publications including The Sun Magazine, Guernica, Strange Horizons, Passages North, PinkNews, Booth, FFO, ParSec, Orca, and Nature Futures.
Born in the North of England, Redfern lived in market towns, seaside resorts, and post-industrial cities, before moving to Wales and gaining a Ph.D. in Literature from Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe). Their campaign work for LGBTQ and polyamory rights has been referenced in The Mirror, Metro, BBC News, Buzzfeed, and The Independent. Redfern has lived in Berlin for the past 12 years. Read more at redjon.com.
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