We talk about what writing can bring for a trans person, and why a non-LGBTQ+ person would be interested in these kinds of stories. We riff on the human condition and why it might need to be expanded (and how SF could be key to that). We immerse in the language of Tolkien, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Elaine even gets her song on! Hear some great advice on how to write for trans or non-binary characters when you don’t have that life experience and we geek out about the progression in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. And we discover what Type 2 fun is!

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Content Advisory: Some swear bombs

This Episode’s Guest

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Photo: Tiu Makkonen

Elaine Gallagher has been a member of the GSFWC for 14 years and published half a dozen short stories, most recently in We Were Always Here, an anthology from 404 Ink which is available now. She’s a screenwriter and performance poet and she’s currently working on a spoken word and film show titled “Speak for Ourselves”, funded by Creative Scotland. After that she’ll pick one of her half-dozen novel projects in progress and finish it!

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Show Notes

References and extra info on what we were going on about. If there’s anything else you need explained, just comment below and we’ll add it in.

We Were Always Here – an anthology of short stories from 404 Ink
More about the Queer Words Project Scotland on Ryan Vance’s website
Creative Conversations at Glasgow University (open to the public and free!)

The Little Engine that Could
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Čapek
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett (Affiliate Link)
The Singularity
The Science of Discworld (Affiliate link)
The Sam_Vimes Boots theory of socio-economic unfairness
Bogi Takács
Cheryl Morgan

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