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Christine Burns
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Equality and Diversity Specialist; Blogger; Podcaster; Campaigner - Not known for suffering fools gladly
Equality and Diversity Specialist; Blogger; Podcaster; Campaigner - Not known for suffering fools gladly

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Trans: A British History. Conceived and edited by Christine Burns. Unique. Authoritative. Comprehensive. Spanning FIFTY years from the first support group to the present day. It's an inspiring human story to be told by the people who were part of every event along the way. Find out how YOU can play a pivotal role in bringing our new book to the world — and get your name in it too!
https://unbound.com/books/trans-a-british-history

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This Bank Holiday Weekend I'm giving away Kindle copies of my latest book, 'Life by Satellite' absolutely FREE. The offer is live now and runs till Monday night so don't miss out.

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Delighted to announce that our highly regarded Equality and Diversity classic "Making Equality Work" is now available across the whole range of online stores where eBooks can be purchased, and in both ePub and Kindle format. In particular you'll find it at iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble (Nook). It will also shortly become available on the Overdrive and Axis 360 library content systems, so you can borrow from any public lending library which uses those services.
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Just to remind you... My new book "Life by Satellite" is on sale at the top eBook retailers, including iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, etc... It's also now on Scribd and should soon be on the Barnes and Noble "Nook" store. Just search for the book by name (or look for "Christine Burns").

The new book is a departure from the bulk of what I've published before, in that it's not overtly equality related (although then it sort of turns out that it is when you might not expect). Above all, it's about a developing friendship -- a real one -- this isn't fiction. It's also about the things that can scare us, and dealing with them. It reveals some stuff that I've been reluctant to talk about until now. In short, I think you'll enjoy it.
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Dear Friends, I apologise for this but, for the next few days, I shall probably mention the new book quite a lot. That's because the biggest drawback of self-publishing is not having a publisher's marketing team and budget to do that for me -- and I really would quite like you to read it.

I think you'll enjoy "Life by Satellite" because it is full of real people and real emotions. It covers a time before I became a visible and vocal trans campaigner. It's about a life lived in that strange place "stealth". It's about exposing vulnerabilities and neuroses which many people have, but which I needed to grow out of in order to move on and grow. Some of it now hugely embarrasses me, but I've kept it true and real so people can know. It's about bereavement and spite. But it's also unselfconsciously funny, because it's about two women from very different backgrounds just getting to know each other and become closer friends. In short, it's LIFE ... but it involves Satellites.

Life by Satellite is available right now from Amazon and Smashwords in Kindle and ePub formats. The latter will reach iBooks and other online stores next week.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C7U3Q9M
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Make someone's weekend (or your own). My lovely poetry anthology "Fishing for Birds" is now at Smashwords.com at an insanely generous price ($2.99). Download it for yourself or send to someone you love.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/616683

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"Life by Satellite", my forthcoming book with friends Linda Henry and her husband Robert, is coming on in rather exciting leaps and bounds since I first announced my work on the project online two weeks ago. The book is many things ... you'll be able to enjoy it on many levels ... but the thing that most struck me, working hard on the edit, was that it reveals aspects of myself that have not been seen in the twenty one years since I made myself a bit of a public property. This is my younger ("stealth") self ... a social butterfly, just filling my days with an amazing variety of activity that was largely curtailed after I outed myself to become a campaigner. This is about loves (plural) and a horrible wrenching loss that I needed to deal with by resort to counselling. There is a secret to be shared. There are vivid dreams. There is Widor's Toccata. There are the origins of some of my poems. And, through it all, there is an amazing transatlantic friendship that helped me keep it all together. This is Christine Burns raw, as told in the moment.
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This post is particularly aimed at people who aren't in the UK and were therefore unable to see my appearances on Christmas University Challenge 2015 or catch up with the BBC's iPlayer (which is geofenced). The YouTube playlist below includes both shows. The first is our initial first round contest against the University of East Anglia; the second is our semi-final contest with Sheffield.

University Challenge has been running on British TV for 53 years and usually consists of a big competition between teams of students from most of the the country's Universities. The Christmas special maintains the format but there are fewer teams (in this case 14); the teams are picked by the producers; and the competitors are graduate alumni of their institutions, considered to be notable in some ways.

The appeal of UC is that whilst the format is simple, the questions are devilishly difficult to answer under pressure. The producers say that the best of teams typically only get about half of the answers right. People watching at home enjoy watching teams struggle and are ecstatic when they themselves know an answer to a question that foxes the players.

Personally, I was terrified at first by the invitation to take part. Then I decided that it would be fun, whether we got anywhere or not. And my team mates were lovely people to work with.

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Coming up in thirty minutes: Tonight I shall be captaining a team of former Manchester University graduates competing against similar from the University of East Anglia in Christmas #universitychallenge. If you know the show it's 30 minutes of hell, with the constant threat of looking like an idiot. But it's Christmas! And my team are lovely. BBC Two 7.30pm. Join in the tweet along if you're able.
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DON'T MISS OUT! I'm marking National Poetry Day by giving away my poetry book "Fishing for Birds". Click here to claim yours and remember you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books. There are excellent free apps for phones, tablets or Windows and Apple PCs. There's even a reader that works in your browser without installing anything (if you're on a work computer). I'm just happy to share. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EXARBZK/
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