Media and bio

Kes Otter Lieffe, 
Author of utopian trans speculative fiction novels, a facilitator and community organiser currently based in Berlin. [Kes standing and reading. Behind her is a brick wall and people listening.]

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

Kes is the author of a trilogy of trans speculative fiction novels.
Her first short story was published in ‘Our Entangled Future’ an anthology on social change and the climate crisis. Her short story Soft was published in the queer resilience anthology, Glitter + Ashes.

Kes writes articles about class, gender and queerness. Most recently her article, Surviving Utopia was published on Strange Horizons. Kes is also the author of the colouring zine, Queer Animals (currently being featured in the Swiss Natural History Museum.)

A grassroots community organiser for over two decades, Kes has worked and organised in Europe, the Middle-East and Latin America. Her work focuses particularly on the intersection of gender, queerness and environmental struggles and creating radical alternatives to the trash-fire of capitalism. She has spoken as a panelist, keynote speaker and facilitator in various contexts, from protest camps to university institutions.

Kes is a community organiser with aequa in Berlin and currently facilitates workshops on subjects including trans-competency, queer ecology, consensus and story-telling.

Kes is available for interviews, podcast interviews, speaking events, book readings and workshop facilitation.
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SPEAKING EVENTS

Over the last several years, Kes has been invited as a speaker for activist panels and public events.
She regularly facilitates workshops on subjects including trans-competency, queer ecology, consensus and story-telling.
Since 2017, Kes has given nearly a hundred book readings from her novel trilogy.

  • June 2021. Guest speaker on AJ stream, Al Jazeera
  • November 2020. Panel speaker on LGBTQ and Survivor Activism panel, National Survivor User Network (NSUN) AGM,UK
  • December 2019. Workshop designer/facilitator – four-day workshop on trans liberation, queer ecology and utopian literature. Hyperwerk, Switzerland
  • February 2019. Keynote Speaker, V-day Brussels 2019, Belgium
  • May 2019, Panel speaker at A Decriminalised Future, Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM), UK
  • April, 2018. Workshop facilitatorWriting from the Margins, National Trans Conference of the National Union of Students, UK
  • October, 2017. Panel speaker and Panel Facilitator, Action for Trans Health national conference, UK
  • May, 2017. Speaker, Putains de Rencontres, STRASS, Syndicat de Travail Sexuel, France

INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES

Kes regularly gives interviews for local radio stations, podcasts and blogs.

Kes writes articles on subjects such as precarity, queer and trans liberation, utopian literature and class. Her article, Surviving Utopia was recently published by speculative fiction magazine, Strange Horizons.

PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS