Illustration of Kes Otter Lieffe, author of utopian trans speculative fiction novels and Queer Ecology writer.

Hello! I’m Kes Otter Lieffe.

I’m the author of four speculative fiction novels including the Margins trilogy. I’ve written several short stories, articles, and a colouring book series on queer ecology. I regularly offer workshops, book readings and interviews. And I’ve recently started offering editing services.

I’m an ecologist and I’ve been involved in grassroots community struggles for over twenty years. My work focuses on the intersections of class, queerness and environmental struggles and creating radical alternatives to the oppressions of capitalism.

I write and organise from a working-class, chronically ill, transfeminine perspective.

I’ve started recording an audiobook version of home is a verb, my new novel. You can listen to the first half an hour of recording.

And if you want to read along, you can download the text here.

I’m now offering editing services! This winter I had the honour of editing this important new book from Nicole Rose.

Image shows three copies of Nicole Rose's book 'Herbalism and state violence'

I’ve created a brand new discussion guide with questions and subjects from my novel, home is a verb.

Designed for reading groups or to share with friends. Or just for yourself to reflect after reading.

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You’ll also receive a free gift to say thanks.

New Releases

Queere Tiere

Now available! / Jetzt erhältlich!

Queer Animals colouring zine, now available in German

Queere Tiere Malbuch, jetzt auch auf Deutsch erhältlich

Home is a verb

This new novel explores burnout and despair, collective collapse and recovery. In a shifting world, marginalised characters must face their traumas and embrace change. In their search for healing, they are brought together, finding home in the least expected of places.

Front cover of Queer Animals and Plants Coloring Book by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert.

Colouring book

Illustrator, Anja Van Geert and I have created this full-sized colouring book  to celebrate the ways in which our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture. The perfect gift for all your friends who love queer animals and plants!

Order your copy here


Speculative Fiction

In my futuristic stories, marginalised characters take centre stage in powerful resistance movements. Everything is at stake and so much is possible.

More here

Photo of Kes Otter Lieffe, author of utopian trans speculative fiction novels and Queer Ecology writer. Kes stands in a blue dress beneath an apple tree in a grassy field

Queer Ecology

I’m an ecologist and the author of the Queer Animals and Plants series. I regularly give workshops, presentations and Queer Ecology walks.

More here


Hier findest du der deutschsprachige Ecke meiner Website mit Übersetzungen meiner Texte

Mehr lesen

Kes Otter Lieffe writes queer speculative fiction from a working-class, chronical ill, transfeminine perspective. Read about ways to support her work at

Creating becomes ever harder to live from and as a result there are fewer working-class authors each year. 

I love my work. I want to continue to raise money for work that is literally part of a better world. I want to amplify marginalised voices, run workshops and create sustainable solidarity initiatives that meet people’s material needs. And I want to keep writing!

If you’ve ever benefited from my work and would like to support me, here is a list of fourteen ideas, including two minute actions that don’t cost anything. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey since 2016. You are all amazing.