Roz Kaveney

Roz KaveneyRoz Kaveney  is a middle-aged transwoman living and working in London as a writer, critic, and activist.

A regular contributor to The Independent, The Guardian and Times Literary Supplement, she is the author of many books on popular culture, including Reading the Vampire Slayer, Teen Dreams: Reading Teen Film and Television from ‘Heathers’ to ‘Veronica Mars’, Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films, and From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film, and a contributor to numerous reference works, including The Cambridge Guide To Women Writing In English and The Encyclopedia Of Fantasy.

She has recently published her first novel, Rituals, volume 1 of Rhapsody of Blood.

She was a co-founder of the Midnight Rose Collective, whose other members included Neil Gaiman, Alex Stewart, and Mary Gentle, which produced shared world anthologies including Temps, Villains!, and The Weerde.

She has also edited Tales from the “Forbidden Planet” and More Tales from the “Forbidden Planet”.

She helped found Feminists Against Censorship and is a past deputy Chair of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties). She was also active in the Oxford Union debating society, the Gay Liberation Front, and Chain Reaction, a dyke SM disco she helped run in the 80s.

“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.”

Follow her blog at http://rozk.livejournal.com/ or her twitter http://twitter.com/rozkaveney