Roz Kaveney

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Roz Kaveney
Roz Kaveney (born 1949) is a writer, critic, and poet, best known for her critical works about pop culture and for being a core member of the "Midnight Rose" fantasy wrting collective.[1][2] Kaveney's works include fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviewing, and editing.[3]


Kaveney attended Pembroke College, Oxford, where she participated in a poetry group that had a particular interest in "Martian poetry" (which employs unusual metaphors to render everyday experiences and objects unfamiliar) and shared a flat with the poet Christopher Reid. She gave up poetry in her twenties, not resuming it until she reached her sixties. Kaveney's poetry was originally written in a rhythmic free verse, although her work later shifted into formalism. For a time she earned a living as a sex worker, and in later years has worked as a transgender rights activist.[4]

" I was reared Catholic but got over it, was born male but got over it, stopped sleeping with boys about the time I stopped being one and am much happier than I was when I was younger."[5]

Kaveney has contributed to several newspapers such as The Independent and The Guardian. She is also a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and a former deputy chair of Liberty. She is deputy editor of the transgender-related magazine META.

Roz Kaveney was listed number 84 in the Pink List 2011 and 65 in the Pink List 2012 and 61 in the Pink List 2013. The Pink List 2013 citation said:

"Kaveney is a prolific poet – poems can appear twice a day on – author, trans rights activist, founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and former deputy chair of Liberty. She accused journalist Julie Burchill of suggesting trans people 'lead essentially inauthentic existences' and argued that doing so encouraged abuse."[6]

2008 Pride incident

In July 2008 Roz Kaveney was involved in an incident at London Pride. At about 6:30pm on Pride day, she needed to use the toilet in Trafalgar Square but was told by stewards that she wasn't allowed to use the ladies. Pride London later apologised for this.[7]

External link


  1. "Survivor of the superheroes" Kaveney talks new book" Comic Book Resources
  2. Laurie Taylor "Superheroes - Ribbon Culture" BBC Radio 4
  3. Stevi Jackson Contemporary Feminist Theories Edinburgh University Press 1998 isbn 0748606890 page 120
  4. "META magazine: the sex issue" Gay Times'
  7. Tony Grew, "Pride London apologises for trans toilet drama" Pink Paper 9 July 2008