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Kirsty Logan

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

Other Writing

Short Stories (Print)

The Light Eater

Flash Fiction International

The Spite House

The Djinn Falls in Love

The Rental Heart

Best British Short Stories 2011

Short Stories (Online)

The Gracekeeper

The Island Review  / 2015

The graces are restless today. They pweet and muss, shuddering their wings so that the feathers stick out at defensive angles. I feel their disquiet. When the sea is fractious like this – when it chutters and schwaks against the moorings, when it won’t talk but only mumbles – it’s difficult to think.

The Mathematics of Waiting

Booth  / 2011

At five to nine we take the metal grilles off the window-frames. When we lift, our arm muscles tense to the size of garlic cloves. We already have crumbs in our hair. Clouds reflect on the spilled liquid on the table.

Poetry

Lord Feintheart

Cabinet des Fées  / 2010

My Lady’s Child

Foundling Review  / 2010

The Giantess

Salome  / 2009

Things Women Fear

Ampersand Review

Non-Fiction

Autobiography of a Reader

Goose Lane

Ex-Nymphet

The Rumpus  / 2010

I’m 18, I’m standing under a spotlight with no clothes on, and the photographer is pointing at my thighs. This is what I mean, he says in a Czech accent. I must airbrush this now! You must start jogging more.

Kinderwhoring

PANK  / 2011

Every now and then I find that some teen girl has posted one of my poems or stories on her blog. I get all excited and talk about it on my Twitter and Facebook, and send her a comment or email to say thank-you. And perhaps this is annoying.

Peach Cigarettes in Tokyo

Wanderlust and Lipstick

The first time I ever smoked a peach cigarette, I was wearing a dinosaur suit and sitting on my friend’s balcony in a Tokyo suburb. My friend had a dinosaur suit because he’d gone to a fancy dress party the week before, and I was wearing it because I was cold and it was made of fleece.

Well Worth Not Reading

Boston Globe  / 2011

Like most readers, I love browsing in bookshops and libraries. I enjoy running my fingers along the spines of books and reading titles and authors’ names, pulling the books out and flipping through them, thinking about the stories inside them.

The Problem With Fairy Tales

The Millions  / 2010

There are two ways to retell an old story: just tell the same story again, or try to subvert it. The problem with fairy tales is that they are more than just old stories.

Three Variations on Susan

Word Riot

Collaboration/Cross Genre

Lord Fox

2017

Inspired by the traditional tale of seduction, curiosity, violence and revenge, this show is a contemporary reimagining which combines storytelling, original song and contemporary composition.