I am Christopher Aqurette, a Swedish writer with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. I was born in May 1972 at Höllviken, a coastal village on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After two decades abroad and in other parts of Sweden, I now live with my husband in Malmö, the country’s third-largest city and a major seaport situated on the Sound opposite the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Work

I have written articles for several publications, and I was one in a small group of people who, in 1995, founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading gay publication. In April 2000, I bought my very own domain name and began to publish myself online. Five years later, in August 2005, I launched my diary and set about documenting personal thoughts along with notable developments in daily life and current affairs.

In addition to being a freelance writer, my working life has spanned managerial responsibilities in a global information technology company, judge service in the city court and the appellate court, councillorship in a city borough, and chairmanship of a professional branch of Sweden’s most prominent non-governmental organization promoting good health in the gay and transgender community.

Education

I was a mature student when I began to study for my master’s degree at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. As a libertarian philosopher committed to the whole gamut of civil liberties and human rights, I devoted much of my academic studies to analyses of how Sweden’s judiciary has dealt with legal challenges to the religious freedom of minority groups.

In my final thesis, I examined four court cases that have become legal precedents. I did so with the purpose of trying the hypothesis that for a religious custom to be protected by the laws regulating freedom of religion it must carry value in a defined religious setting in accordance with American philosopher John Searle’s general theory of institutional facts, expressed in his formula, X counts as Y in C.

Politics

I have been active in politics since my late teens. In 2010, I won a nomination in the conservative Moderate Party’s primary election and subsequently ran for a seat in the Swedish Parliament. I did not manage to win enough votes in the general election, so my focus has shifted to the role I play in organizations advocating minority rights and minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.

Pastime

I have recently embarked on writing fiction, which is something I have not done for a very long time, even though it has always been what I wanted to do the most. As I have written much about the writings of other people and read all types of literature, not least whilst doing the spadework for book and theatre reviews, I now think I have enough literary experience to write a smart suspense novel.

If I fail in my attempt to become a published novelist, I had fun doing it. Writing for my own amusement is something I have long desired and enjoy immensely now that I have finally taken the time to do it. As a philosopher, I have advocated the existentialist belief that people ought to be judged by their actions alone, but for some reason I did not listen to myself and hid my true self in my head.

My other favourite pastimes are mostly linked to my interest in the arts. I take great pleasure in art exhibitions, I spend many hours a week on quality film and television, and I have a season ticket to the Royal Danish Theatre, where I regularly appreciate opera and ballet. I read for pleasure every day and have particular fondness for plays and aphorisms, in part because I subscribe to the minimalist idea that less is more.

Contact

My diary is registered with the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. Sources are therefore legally protected and their right to anonymity is absolute. To make contact, email me at , text me at , or send me something using the following postal address:

I am also reachable by direct message on Twitter and Facebook.

Portrait photography by Andreas Paulsson (2016).