Kirsty spoke with The Fountain about how her writing works within the Book Festivals theme this year as well as hinting at what we can expect next from the talented author.
TF: August is a busy month for most Scottish writers with the second half filled up with Edinburgh Book Festival events and you are not exempt, what can we expect from you this year at the 2018 festival?
On Sunday 12th I’m at Edinburgh International Book Festival with the lovely Imogen Hermes Gowar – that one is sold out already, and I’m really looking forward to it.
On Thursday 16th I’m doing a free reading at Blackwell’s with some excellent writers including Malachy Tallack – tickets are nearly gone, so be quick if you want one.
TF: And have you yet read Imogen’s acclaimed debut title, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, and what are your thoughts?
I’ve just started it, and I’m loving it so far. It’s so accomplished it’s hard to believe it’s a debut.
TF: What are your thoughts on this year’s theme, freedom, and how do you feel your magical and otherworldly novels fit within the theme?
As a queer female writer, I consider LGBT and feminist themes in all my books. For me, freedom means loving whoever you want to love.
TF: Now the title of your last book published was The Gloaming, was that title at all influenced by the Radiohead track and should we expect another The G… title from your next novel?
I’d never heard of the Radiohead song before my book came out and it started showing up in my Google Alerts. The next novel is The Gramarye – hopefully that’s not a Radiohead song too, though it might be for all I know. If they ever call a song The Gracekeepers, it will have come full circle in a pleasing way.
TF: And what is next on the cards for yourself, another short story inclusion, novel, I think you would make wonderful TV to be honest?
All of it, I hope! I’ve just finished a collection of short horror stories, The Night Tender, which will hopefully be out in 2019. Next I’m writing The Gramarye. I’m also working on a feminist LGBT horror film, a TV miniseries, and I just started a podcast, Teenage Scream, with fellow writer Heather Parry – we read nineties teen horror novels and lovingly slag them off. I want to keep telling stories in as many different ways as I can for as long as I can.
Photo courtesy of Simone Falk.
Unfortunately Kirsty and Imogen’s event is sold out but you might catch her at Blackwell‘s event alongside Malachy Tallack.