‘Some of us have a body that we need to adjust in order for them to be a good place to live’: Belonging, resting places and gender talents — Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad


Dr Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad is a Norwegian trans/bi-gendered doctor who has presented at many International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conferences and whose work has been a significant influence for many narrative practitioners in relation to transgender experience and gender relations and identities more generally (see Benestad, 2016). For instance, Esben Esther’s concepts of gender belonging and gender talents have proved very helpful to practitioners. In this interview, Esben Esther introduces further concepts of ‘bodily adjustments’ and ‘resting places’ that can be significant in relation to gender belonging. The interview took place in Adelaide in March, 2019. Esben Esther can be contacted c/o esben.esther@uia.no