CategoryTransgender

Book launched, cake eaten

Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy at the 'f2m' book launchI’m back in Wellington, New Zealand after our very successful book launch for f2m: the boy within. A good-sized crowd of wonderful people attended. I know they were wonderful because every one of them came up to me and had a chat.

Here I am signing copies with Hazel while author Sofie Laguna looks on:

Signing copies of 'f2m: the boy within' at the launch Our publisher from Ford Street Paul Collins said a few words to start, then Hazel took the floor and explained some of the quirks of our writing process, namely being in different countries.  At the point this photo below was taken, I am pointing out that the book is the ultimate in recycling, as I drew from my online journal to start the writing process.

f2m launch crowdMy favourite photo from the day: myself and author/illustrator Felicity Marshall, gazing into each others’ eyes for effect (we’d met that day).

Ryan Kennedy and Felicity Marshall

And there was cake! It was delicious.

f2m Launch CakeA fabulous day in all. Thanks to everyone who came! I’m very proud to be a part of this collaboration and the opportunities it will bring to readers.

Life Matters interview

Our interview on Life Matters with Richard Aedy was aired on Wednesday morning. Recording in the ‘Tardis’ at Southbank was an experience in itself. I have new respect for anyone working in radio.

Listen to the Life Matters podcast

Landing in Melbourne this week…

Flinders St Station entrance

Just once, I'd like to visit the City Hatters

Events

I’ll be at these events – please come if you’re in the area!

Talk at Alexandra Library

I’ll be giving a short talk at the library on Thursday evening, then answering all your questions. If you’re in the area, Victoria, listen to Upper Goulburn Community Radio on Wednesday morning to hear me interviewed by Stephen Cutting from the library. You can also listen online.

7-8pm Thursday 11th February, 2010
Alexandra Library

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Book signing, Angus & Roberston

‘f2m:the boy within’ will be available to buy on the day for me to sign. I will only be in store for one hour so hurry to be the first in the line!

1.30pm, Friday 12th February
Angus & Robertson, 360 Bourke St, Melbourne

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Book launch, Richmond Library

2pm, Sunday 14th February
Richmond Library, 415 Church Street, Richmond

RSVP: by 10 February to info@fordstreetpublishing.com
Queries: Lindy Dadd on (03) 9426 5688 or Paul Collins: (03) 9481 1120
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Download the invitation as a PDF

Review

The Great Raven

Sue Bursztynski reviewed ‘f2m:the boy within’ on her Great Raven blog, prompting an interesting discussion in the comments.

Read the review

f2m: the boy within – first novel out Feb 2010

My first novel, called f2m: the boy within, will be published in February 2010, published by Ford Street publishing.

I co-wrote it with Australian author Hazel Edwards, recently nominated for the Astrid Lindgren award.

Synopsis

What happens when who you are on the inside clashes with what you are on the outside?

All adolescents face the quest for identity, but gender change complicates ‘coming of age’.

School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-girl band, The Chronic Cramps. Making her name in the punk music scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. At the school reunion, Finn faces victimisation, but challenges the bullies.

Uncovering genetic mysteries about family heritage tears the family apart. Gran’s loved sibling Al was also Alberta. Transgender identity is more than hormones and surgery, it’s about acceptance. Going public, Finn sings FTM lyrics on TV.

With a little help from bemused mates and parents who don’t want to lose a daughter, but who love their teenager, Finn is transitioning.

Transgender identity is different for everyone

Tree growth rings showing a year for each ringI am often asked questions like “When did you become male?” or “When did you know?”

The first is easy to answer: in 2003-4 when I went through the transition process. This included testosterone treatment and eventually chest surgery, although I couldn’t afford surgery until 2006.

The second is a difficult question to answer. I knew at 27 when I started the process, but in a way I’d always known.

It’s not like part of me is transgender and the rest isn’t. Being trans is also a part of everything I do, but sometimes not relevant, or I’m not conscious of it.

Think of the rings on a tree. Each ring is a year of growth. Sometimes you can point to a ring and say ‘that’s when a cold snap hit and the tree didn’t grow much from then on.’ I wasn’t male from 2004 onwards; I was always male, but it only became obvious from 2004 onwards.

It’s different for everyone though. Some people’s gender identity is more fluid. There would be evidence of cold snaps in each of their tree rings, sometimes large parts of the year, sometimes none. Sometimes they are one gender, sometimes another, sometimes not thinking about it and getting on with other parts of life.

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