New Writer 2019: Heather Palmer

Fiction

Heather Palmer is a comics writer based in Glasgow. She graduated from Edinburgh Napier’s English and Film BA(Hons) in 2015 and self-published her first comic in 2016. She writes with a focus on folklore, nationalism and death. Heather also works in comics publishing and is a freelance editor and proof-reader.

Her first comic, Grave Wax, created with artist Allan MacRitchie, is a mystery based on near-forgotten Scottish folklore and reacted to the culture surrounding the Scottish Independence Referendum and its impact. Grave Wax was shortlisted for Best Comic and Best Writer at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018 Heather’s work was featured in 404 Ink and BHP Comics’ We Shall Fight Until We Win and Frisson Comics’ Knock Knock as well as in Scots translation in the Scrieve! Anthologie.Heather was also invited to speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about her work for We Shall Fight Until We Win and her comic about Margaret Thatcher was displayed in the Scottish Parliament as part of the Festival of Politics.

Heather says:

"I am so honoured to have been selected for a New Writers Award. I’ve always followed the awards and hoped one day to apply with my work and still can’t quite believe I was selected.”

Heather Palmer Writing Sample
- Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer Writing Sample
- Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer Writing Sample
- Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer Writing Sample
- Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer Writing Sample
- Heather Palmer