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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.

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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.

Blog: Writing

Lessons From a Year as a Debut Writer

Lessons From a Year as a Debut Writer23rd Mar 2015 in Writing

It’s exactly one year since my debut book was published. Happy birthday, Rental Heart! It’s been quite a year. I sold my second book, wrote my third book, and finally became a full-time writer. My wee Rental Heart has done surprisingly well. It’s sold over 1,000 copies in print, won or been shortlisted for four prizes, and had some incredibly generous reviews. I’ve read from it at two launch events (both sold out and standing room only!) at Waterstones Argyle Street and…

Want to be an IdeasTap columnist?

Want to be an IdeasTap columnist?27th Jun 2014 in Writing

I really can’t state this enough: if you want to get into arts journalism, you MUST apply to be the IdeasTap columnist. You MUST. I won’t take no for an answer. And you’d better get a wiggle on, because you’ve only got until Thursday 31 July. I can say this with confidence because I spent seven months as the IdeasTap columnist (that’s 28 columns – bloody hell! What did I manage to write about for 28 columns? Find out here…)…

Pitch Live!: Advice for Writers

Pitch Live!: Advice for Writers22nd Sep 2013 in Writing

On Saturday 21 September, 50 emerging novelists were treated to talks and one-on-one sessions with agents and editors at Pitch Live!, organised by NAWE and Creative Scotland. The publishing experts offered valuable advice on writing cover letters, elevator pitches, and how to properly begin and build your writing career. I live-tweeted with #pitchlive – but don’t worry if you missed it, because here are the highlights. Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director at Canongate Books: (Follow Francis @kinhead) Follow your curiosity. If you’re…

Next Big Thing: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

Next Big Thing: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales4th Dec 2012 in Writing

• What is the working title of your next book?  It’s a short story collection called The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. • Where did the idea come from for the book? Daydreaming, sea-gazing, night-scribbling, and getting my heart broken, all over the course of several years. • What genre does your book fall under? Literary fantasy. • What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Julianne Moore would be the seductive, sensual,…

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards: Advice for Applying

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards: Advice for Applying16th Jul 2012 in Writing

Thinking of applying for the 2012 New Writers Awards from the Scottish Book Trust? BLOODY GREAT. Not only will you get a grant of £2,000, training in press, PR and performance, and a mentorship with an experienced person in the literary world, you will also get a week-long writing retreat at Cove Park. The only way it could be better is if the award could make you coffee every morning too. I honestly can’t recommend this award enough: I won…

Genre is Arbitrary

Genre is Arbitrary11th Jun 2012 in Writing

Further evidence that genre is mostly arbitrary: My story, ‘Underskirts’, about a fancy lady who seduces her servant-girls and meets an unfortunate end, won third place in the Bridport Prize, was reprinted in PANK, and is now going to be reprinted again in Best Lesbian Erotica 2013. I’ve never called it literary fiction or erotica, but apparently it’s both! This will be the third Best Lesbian Erotica anthology I’m a part of, and my other contributions all have elements of…