Juliet Jacques: Fiction, memoir, performance at AlbumArte, Roma

Juliet Jacques, Trans: A Memoir, 2015 (cover book)
Cover art and lettering by Joanna Walsh


AlbumArte presents, for the first time in Rome, the British journalist, critic and writer Juliet Jacques (1981); the event will include a lecture, as well as a performance and a debate, curated and organized by independent critic and curator Manuela Pacella  and chaired together with editor of Internazionale’s culture section Daniele Cassandro.

The evening’s program will include a live reading of an extract of the book Trans: A Memoir, published by Verso in 2015, and the entirety of the text from The Woman in the Portrait, commissioned by Tate Modern in 2014 for the event Transpose (duration approx. 30 min); the Italian premiere screening of the video  You Will Be Free, 2017 (duration approx. 10 min); and a performance adapted from the text Sertraline Surrealism, 2016 (duration approx. 7 min). All followed by a debate between the author, Manuela Pacella and Daniele Cassandro.

The debate will focus on the theme of the constitution of identity through the process of writing and on how to present transgender experiences as more universal than usually perceived. It will also analyze Juliet Jacques’ approach to writing, which is partly journalistic, partly fiction, partly in the style of a diary, referable to “theoretical fiction”—to quote a definition coined by Joan Hawkins for Chris Kraus’ writings.

Additionally, the author will discuss the topics of her doctoral research in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, such as a volume of short stories focused on transgender people in Britain from the 19th century to present days.

The two readings, the screening and the performance will be held in English; texts in the original language with the Italian translation will be available in the hall. AlbumArte will be open from 5:30pm, to allow those who are interested, to familiarize with the texts before the event begins.

It should also be noted that the theme of sexual trauma, violence and discrimination is often addressed in Jacques’ writings.

The event is organized in collaboration with the British School at Rome and the media partnership of NERO, who, following the event, will publish a special feature written by Jacques and Pacella.


Juliet Jacques (1981) is a writer and filmmaker based in London. As well as publishing two books (Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study, Dalkey Archive Press, 2007; Trans: A Memoir, Verso Books, 2015), she writes short fiction, as well as journalism on literature, film, art, music, politics, gender, sexuality and football. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, for whom she documented her gender reassignment in a series entitled A Transgender Journey, as well as The New Statesman, London Review of Books, Granta, Sight & SoundFrieze, The Washington Post, TimeOut, New Humanist, Five Dials, New Inquiry, Berfrois, 3:AM and many other places. She has made two 16mm films–Approach/Withdraw, co-directed with artist Ker Wallwork (2016), and You Will Be Free (2017). She co-wrote NADA: Act III with Jasmina Cibic, and acted in Female Human Animal (Josh Appignanesi, 2017) and the Superflux short film Our Friends Electric (2017). She was included on The Independent on Sunday Pink List of influential LGBT people in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and appeared on a panel at the PEN International Congress in 2014. Her Transgender Journey column was long-listed for the Orwell Prize for blogs in 2011, and Trans: A Memoir was runner-up in Polari LGBT Literary Salon’s First Book Award for 2016.


Juliet Jacques, You Will Be Free, 2017
Video HD, color, sound, 10’15’’


Juliet Jacques, You Will Be Free, 2017
Video HD, color, sound, 10’15’’



Juliet Jacques: Fiction, memoir, performance
Curated by Manuela Pacella with the participation of Daniele Cassandro
Thrusday 26 April 2018, 6:30pm

AlbumArte | Via Flaminia 122, Rome
Free Entrance
+39 063243882