Five short story collections to dive into.

ScotLitFestWe’re very much looking forward to seeing Kirsty Logan and Helen McClory in conversation for Scot Lit Fest. You can join us in the office to watch it in person, or watch it livestreamed, from the comfort of your home. With both being behind some magnificent short story collections, we thought we’d give you a bundle of books to add to your to-be-read pile.

Helen McClory – On the Edges of Vision
Winner of the Saltire Society’s First Book of the Year Award in 2015, Helen’s collection looks at the monsters we fear, the monsters that live in us, the devil, the phobias, the- well, we’ll save some of the weirder moments for you to read yourself. It’s weird, warped and utterly brilliant.

Kirsty Logan – A Portable Shelter
Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child and, despite promising each other not to tell stories to their unborn child and only telling the plain truth, both do – passing on lessons they’ve learned in folklore and fable. As with Kirsty’s previous books, including debut collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, the writing is wonderful and draws you into her magical worlds.


Lara Williams – Treats
Treats feels for the 20-somethings. From leaving University and tackling the big wide world, to the many shades of relationships, alienation and finding a place in life, this is a collection of current times, with a dark humour poking through. Lara Williams’ collection will pluck a string of recognition to many young women who read this, with some unsettling realities of the generation.


Janice Galloway – Jellyfish
There seems to be a never-ending number of strings to Janice’s literary bow, and her 2015 short story collection – Jellyfish – is just the latest in her line of great work that cements her place as one of the country’s best contemporary writers. (Also: Janice will be joining us for an event on June 16th (tonight!) in Edinburgh – come along and join us! Ticket info.)

Anneliese Mackintosh – Any Other Mouth
This is a “gut-wrenching, and shockingly frank account of sexual misadventure, familial disintegration, bereavement, and self-discovery” that won the Green Carnation Prize in 2014. In a very personal work, she reimagines the most intense episodes of her life so far in “profound, playful and poignant” stories.

What are you waiting for? Dive into these excellent short stories spawned from Scotland’s authors and publishers!

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2 thoughts on “Five short story collections to dive into.

  1. Thank you for this. I always enjoy reading short stories 🙂

  2. […] Five short story collections to dive into In honour of our livestreamed event with Kirsty Logan and Helen McClory, we shared some of our favourite short story collections. Go top up your reading pile with these beauts. […]

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