Travis Alabanza (Author)


'I was called faggot sixty times in public last year. Fifteen different men tried to follow me home. A woman told her child not to sit next to me on the tube. And I landed in the national papers after being thrown out of a TopShop changing room in Manchester.' Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged burgers. BURGERZ asks the questions: What does the trans body do in order to survive? And how can one become a protector, rather than a bystander? Having carved out a place for themselves as one of the most prominent trans voices in the UK, Travis Alabanza presents a piece that is both timely and true to their style: both unsettling and powerful.

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Oberon Books
Publish Date
October 25, 2018
5.0 X 0.5 X 7.8 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theater-maker. In 2016/17 they became the youngest recipient of the artist-in-residence at the Tate workshop programme, starred in Scottee's theater production Putting Words in your Mouth at the Roundhouse and the Royal Exchange adaptation of Derek Jarman's Jubilee, performed in venues such as V&A, Tate, ICA, the Roundhouse and Barbican - and had their work featured in The Guardian, BBC, Huck Magazine and more. Known for increasingly paving much of the UK conversation around trans politics, Alabanza has become a staple of the London queer scene and further afield. Giving talks and performances at over 40 UK universities, ranging from the RCA, Central St Martin's, Oxford and Cambridge University, and institutions abroad such as Harvard, Brown University and Austin, Texas. Their debut poetry book Before I step Outside (you love me) released in 2017 has been shipped to over 19 countries worldwide and listed as one of the top trans literary books of 2017. With this book they also have toured Europe and the United States, performing and reading it to over 200 venues and countless audiences, including Harvard University, Brighton Art Festival, Macedonia Pride and more. In the last two years they have been noted by numerous publications, such as ARTSY, ID and MOBO _AWARDS as one of the most prominent emerging queer artistic voices, and also listed in OUT as an influential queer figure, and appeared in campaigns with MAC X ASOS. Alabanza's unique mixture of performance, poetry, style, political views and risk-taking performances has taken them across the country, Europe and internationally - working regularly with artists such as Alok Vaid-Menon, Duckie, David Hoyle, Scottee and others.