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SWC Recommends: Contemporary Scottish Novels

By 09/10/2017December 11th, 2018No Comments

We’re very excited for tomorrow’s nEW wRITINGS sHOWCASE – a brilliant event in partnership with the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing programmes (MFA and DFA). Supporting up-and-coming talented Scottish writers is at the very ethos of what the Scottish Writers’ Centre does, and what better way to celebrate the fantastic and continuing tradition of Scottish writing than by sharing some of our favourite (of many) contemporary Scottish writers? Read on…


Kirsty Logan

Famed for her poetic take on magical realism, Kirsty Logan (herself a MLitt Creative Writing graduate from the University of Glasgow) is a writer with a beautiful ability to weave a web of enchantment. I’m currently reading A Portable Shelter, and I’m in love. Not only that, but her website is full of chatty book reviews and helpful writing tips – perfect for the aspiring writer and avid reader.

Ali Smith

Okay, so not exactly up-and-coming, but there’s no denying the talent of the iconic Ali Smith. Her most recent novel Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and is the first in a series of Seasonal-themed novels that promises to be as experimental, exciting and vivid as her previous outings. How to be Both is a particular favourite of mine – it’s lyrical and so engaging, and cements Ali Smith as one of the most brilliant contemporary Scottish writers.

Graham Macrae Burnet

After last year’s runaway success with His Bloody Project (another Booker-shortlisted treat) Graeme Macrae Burnet’s next novel The Accident on the A35 will be released later this month. His novels are usually described as ‘literary crime’ and certainly make thrilling yet complex reads. If you haven’t read His Bloody Project yet then it’s definitely time to add it to your to-read list…

Helen Sedgwick

Another University of Glasgow Creative Writing alumnus, Helen Sedgwick has recently published her second novel The Growing Season. Her first, The Comet Seekers, was an oddly compelling and beautifully written ode to the intricacy of human relationships and – the clue’s in the title – the ephemeral splendour of comets. I can’t wait to read her second: it promises to be just as good, if not better.

Gail Honeyman

A recent winner of the fantastic Scottish Book Trust’s New Chapter Award for previously unpublished writers over 40, Gail Honeyman’s debut Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a must-read. It reportedly sold for a seven-figure sum at Frankfurt Book Fair, and Reese Witherspoon has already optioned the film rights. It’s also a bestseller with rave reviews – what’s not to like?

Words and photos by Rachel Walker

Remember to check out our event tomorrow at the CCA at 7pm. All are welcome – check out the website of nEW wRITINGS sHOWCASE for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


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