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Louise Welsh

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Contact: louise.welsh@glasgow.ac.uk
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Louise Welsh works in several forms including novels, short stories, opera libretti, radio, performance and sound art. She has written eight novels, most recently Plague Times Trilogy, exploring a contemporary pandemic. Louise is editor of Yonder Awa, a poetry anthology on the theme of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade by Scottish and Caribbean writers (2014) and Ghost, One Hundred Stories to Read with the Lights On (2016).

Louise is co-director (with Jude Barber) of the Empire Café, an award winning collective exploring Scotland’s relationship with empire. Louise has collaborated on four critically acclaimed operas with composer Stuart MacRae. Their latest collaboration Anthropocene, premiered to wide acclaim in 2019 and will have its Austrian premier at Salzburg State Theatre 2021. Louise has also written for the stage, most recently King Keich (2018) inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Pere Ubu.

She has received several awards and international fellowships, including an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and honorary doctorates from the Open University and Edinburgh Napier University. She was University of Otago Scottish Writers’ Fellow, New Zealand (2016). Louise is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 

(Photo credit: Julie Broadfoot)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Horror; Mystery & thriller

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0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+