Transgender South-East in association with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) & sOUTh
Cordially invites you to the Trans Voices ‘Touching the Surface’ Book Launch
• Friday 20th July 2012
• Bishops Palace, The Mall, Waterford City
The Mayor of Waterford Councillor Jim D’arcy will officially launch this first ever book of its kind in Ireland
Canapés, wine, tea, Coffee and Light refreshments will be served
A number of guest speakers will join us on the night
Please RSVP by Tuesday 17th July (if possible) to Vanessa@teni.ie
Touching the Surface’ is a landmark publication celebrating trans experiences from across Ireland. The collection contains prose, poetry, artwork and photographs from more than forty contributors.
Trans Voices ‘Touching The Surface’ has previously been successfully launched in Dublin and Cork and now Waterford, see the TENI site for more details on the book.
Come and show your support for the launch and some of our very own Waterford friends who also feature in the book! The cover graces beautiful Tramore and a proud Waterford local!
“Well here we go, it’s about time we launched this in Waterford. There is a great representation of Waterford Women in the book, even though this is a National publication Transgender South-East are well in.
The front cover is the beautiful view of Brownstown Head from the Beach at Tramore, there is also a nice profile of the” back of me” (something that many people like to see).
The launch is in Bishops Palace (across the road from Waterford Crystal Showrooms) a beautiful location for such a special book. Canapes will substitute Blaas and scallops, and wine will substitute Large Bottles of Guinness. We will have some Trad music from our very talented members, sure what else would ye want. So please come along and support what certainly is a groundbreaking resourse from the Trans community in Ireland.
Join us in Geoffs Bar after for a bit of a session, thanks for all your support as always xx”
The book has submissions from people who identify across the entire gender spectrum, and will be an invaluable resource for trans* people all over Ireland. Touching the Surface contains poetry, photographs, and narratives about the trans* experience, as well as examples of art work and drawings.
“We had a fantastic response to our call for submissions,” said Orlaith O’Sullivan, Communications Officer for TENI. “We received entries from a great diversity of ages and gender identities across Ireland. Portrait photographs, poetry, short stories, memoirs and artworks – the collection reflects the personal, political and creative spheres of trans people across the country.”
For the publication, TENI even received a submission from as far afield as Russia, from a young trans man whose visit to Ireland had been an inspiration to him. TENI also worked with BelongTo’s IndividualiTy group, whose members submitted poetry, stories, images and thoughts on identity and questioning gender.
“From well-known figures like Lydia Foy and Panti to anonymous voices from small rural communities, the book marks the wealth of trans experiences in Ireland,” said O’Sullivan. “It is a beautiful, funny, poignant read. We at TENI hope that it will raise awareness – and a smile.” by Gaire.com: Book launch
Buy the Book : Touching the Surface : ‘Trans Voices in Ireland’ costs €10