But by Anne Donovan

Introduction to the story by Alison Stirling
But was Artlink's first foray into fiction. With the support of the Scottish Book Trust, Anne Donovan paved the way. What patience! What skill! It was Anne who established the writing approach, working through - though I didn’t realise it at the time - what was a very hard task. We had her meet a number of parents of people with learning disabilities. We didn’t want to be prescriptive so we told her that after she had met everyone she could write about a light bulb if she wanted. At the time we were working with a number of parents, who were beginning to reach the end of their tether, caring for their son or daughter within a care system which did not necessarily offer them the support they required.  All she had to do was meet them and come up with a story...

She did.  And funnily enough it wasn’t about a light bulb.

About the Author
Anne Donovan is the author of the novel Buddha Da and the short story collection Hieroglyphics, both published by Canongate. Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. It won The Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius.
Winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, Anne has also written for radio, stage and screen. She lives in Glasgow.


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