Juliet is a writer, filmmaker and podcast host who is interested in modernist and postmodernist art, literature, film and music, radical politics and LGBTQI+ issues.
Born in Redhill in 1981, Juliet has published two books, most recently Trans: A Memoir (2015), with Variations, a collection of short stories about trans and non-binary people in the UK, due out on Influx Press in June 2021.
Her journalism, essays and criticism have been published in numerous outlets, and her 16mm and digital short films have been shown in cinemas, galleries and exhibitions worldwide. Her radio programme Suite (212) broadcasts monthly on Resonance 104.4fm, looking at the arts in their social, cultural and political contexts.
School, Centre or Area
Juliet Jacques’ Variations is a collection of short stories, exploring the history of trans and non-binary in the UK from the Victorian period to the present. Using a range of characters in different periods, each story uses a different form: diary entries and letters, a film script, an academic paper, a chapter from a memoir, an oral history, a set of blog posts and so on.
Taken as a whole, the volume asks who has been excluded from historical narratives, and creatively addresses the issue of documenting the lives of people whose identities were not recognised in their own times, and whose feelings and experiences were not allowed to be recorded.
Juliet’s writing moves between fiction, criticism and journalism, sometimes blurring these forms to play with genre, or create fiction based closely on real life. She explores a range of themes in these works: radical and revolutionary politics; modernist, postmodernist and contemporary art, and its social and political ramifications; LGBTQI+ people, identities, sexualities and histories; literature, film, poetry, drama and music; and the place of football in wider culture.
Her short films have focused on LGBTQI+ politics, history and culture, in the UK and abroad – sometimes as straight documentaries, elsewhere as poetic video essays. Her radio show Suite (212), looks at the arts in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts, and has broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm since July 2017.
Doctoral Training Partnership, CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and Arts in the South-East) and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), 2015-18
This fellowship funded my doctoral work in the School of English at the University of Sussex.
Runner-up, Polari First Book Prize, 2016
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
Jacques, J. (2015). Trans: A Memoir. London/New York: Verso Books.
Jacques, J. (2021). Variations. London: Influx Press.
External collaborations and activities
(2019–20) Teacher of Queer Fiction course, City Lit (London).