About Otter

Kes Otter Lieffe is a working class, chronically ill, femme, trans woman. She in an author, teacher and community organiser currently based in Berlin. 


Kes is the author of a trilogy of trans feminist novels—Margins and Murmurations, Conserve and Control and Dignity. Her short story Synergy was published in ‘Our Entangled Future’ an anthology on social change and the climate crisis. Her short story Soft was published in the beautiful anthology on queer resilience, Glitter + Ashes. Kes is also the author of the colouring zine, Queer Animals, published by Microcosm, which will be made soon into a full colouring book.


A grassroots community organiser for over two decades, Kes has worked and organised in Europe, the Middle-East and Latin America with a particular focus on the intersection of gender, queerness and environmental struggles. 

Since publishing her first novel in 2017, Kes has been building networks to counter the systemic oppressions faced by working-class trans women. In 2018, she helped establish Books Beyond Bars, a trans/LGBTQIA prisoner support group in the UK and in 2019 she launched her new organisation, Trans Feminism International organising to meet the material needs of trans women.

Kes is a community organiser with aequa in Berlin.


Kes facilitates workshops on subjects including trans-competency, queer ecology and consensus and has taught in various contexts from squats to universities. She also runs writing classes and has an online course, Writing from the Margins.