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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

Latest News

Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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May/June 2018 Reads

3rd Jul 2018 in Books, News

I’ve absolutely devoured books over the past two months – 47 of them, to be exact! Quite a few were non-fiction books as research for my next book, and a few more were Point Horror re-reads for my new podcast, Teenage Scream. Luckily I did have time to read some quality fiction and non-fiction among all that. And, just like last month, it’s an almost entirely female list! Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge…

How to Keep Working Through Difficult Times

4th Jun 2018 in News, Writing

When you’re struggling with internal forces like depression or grief, or external forces like caring for a child or dependent adult, it can seem impossible to focus on creative work. So sit down, take a deep breath, and let four creative people share their experiences on working through the difficult times. It’s okay to take a break. “My sister was seriously ill, and my concentration was just shot,” says author Valerie O’Riordan. Rather than getting stressed, Valerie advises taking some…

How to Get a Literary Agent

4th Jun 2018 in News, Writing

There are two main ways to get an agent: get them to request your writing, or send it unsolicited. Getting Solicited First of all, says agent and author Nathan Bransford, “If you are trying to find an agent and you are not a) a celebrity or b) a deity, you will need to have a finished and polished manuscript.” Whether it’s a novel or a collection of short stories, it must be complete before you start querying. If the agent…

January/February 2018 Reads

1st Mar 2018 in News

New year, new reading list! January and February are always big reading months for me, as while Scottish winters aren’t great for sunbathing, they are perfect for curling up with coffee and cake and a good novel. I’ve somehow managed to finish 32 books so far this year (?!). I read a lot of non-fiction and graphic novels in particular, so next month I want to get stuck into some longer novels. Here are the best books I’ve read so far this…

How to Edit Your Own Writing

29th Sep 2017 in News

Last weekend I spoke at the WriteNow Newcastle conference on how to edit your own writing. I tried to fit a ludicrously ambitious amount of information into a 40-minute workshop, so rather than expecting all the participants to make frantic notes I’m writing it here. I hope this will be of use to any aspiring or beginning writer who wants to learn how to better edit their work. It’s geared towards prose fiction, but is hopefully applicable to many sorts of…

Best Books for Travelling Alone

29th May 2017 in News

I’m halfway through a six-week writing retreat on the west coast of Scotland to work on a new book. In the past few years, I’ve spend a lot of time alone – whether on writing retreats, working alone at home, or travelling the UK and Europe for book events and festivals. Books have been my best company in these times, and if you’re also going to be doing some solo travel then books can keep you company too. Whether you…