31 Days 31 Trans Voices | Day 17: Juno Dawson, Winning at the Gender Game

Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning bestselling author of young adult fiction and non-fiction, including This Book is Gay, Margot & Me, and The Gender Games. She is a screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, The Pool, Dazed and the Guardian. Dawson has also contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight. She is presently adapting her 2019 novel, Meat Market for television.

Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten, before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. She worked for some years as a teacher, specializing in PSHCE and behavior.

Dawson currently lives in Brighton where she writes full time. She is a part of the queer cabaret collective known as Club Silencio. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall. In 2015 Dawson announced her transition, having previously lived as a gay man. She is a ‘School Role Model’ for Stonewall and works with the charity First Story, which runs writing and story-telling workshops in underprivileged schools.

Juno Dawson | Photo Chris Close

She has published numerous fiction and non-fiction books for young adults and won The Book People’s ‘Queen of Teen’ award in 2014 for her early titles Hollow Pike (2012) and Say Her Name (2013). Many of her books have been concerned with the social issues affecting young adults today, including Being a Boy (2013), on the subject of puberty, This Book is Gay (2014), on being young and LGBTQ+, and Mind Your Head (2016), a guide to mental health for young people.

Her memoir The Gender Games (2017) was her first book for an adult audience and was published to much acclaim. She has also edited an anthology of LGBTQ+ writing, Proud, published in 2019.

Dawson will be marrying her fiancé, Max Gallant, this summer in an artist’s former home in the South Downs National Park.

The Gender Games book cover

Novels written by Dawson:

Hollow Pike (2012)

Cruel Summer (2013)

Say Her Name (2014)

Under My Skin (2015)

All of the Above (2015)

Spot the Difference (2016)

Margot & Me (2017)

Grave Matter (2017)

Clean (2018)

Meat Market (2019)

Wonderland (2020)

There are a number of ways you can reach Dawson’s team:

For book enquiries, please contact Emily Thomas (emily.thomas@hachettechildrens.co.uk).

For school visits and speaking engagements, please contact Richard at Pea Green Boat Books (richard@peagreenboatbooks.co.uk).

For media and TV enquiries, please contact Juno’s agent Nicola Bailey-James (nicola@mmbcreative.com).

For all other enquiries, you can reach Juno directly at hello@junodawson.com.

You can always keep up with Juno Dawson via her website at JunoDawson.com.

Terry Willits

Trans Speak's Editor-in-Chief is an international mixed media artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, coffee snob, dog dad, and FTM transgender - but not necessarily in that order, who practices what he posts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he now does the writing thing from St. Louis, Missouri. You should check out his work - it's recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend stuff.

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