Books  |  Aug 10, 2019

Val McDermid unveils Kirsty Logan as one of her top 10 LGBTQI+ writers in UK

Val McDermind was asked by the National Centre for Writing and the British Council to choose 10 writers to showcase the quality and breadth of LGBTQ writing in Britain today. Among them was Kirsty Logan, the author of three short story collections, two novels, a flash fiction chapbook, and a short memoir. 

“She reworks folk tales, fairy stories, myth and magic to explore desire, identity and our hidden queer lives.” – Val McDermid on Kirsty Logan

Her collaborative work includes ‘Lord Fox’, a show of spoken word, song and harp music with Kirsty Law and Esther Swift; and ‘The Knife-Thrower’s Wife’, a music album with Kathryn Williams and Polly Paulusma. Her books have won the Lambda Literary Award, Polari Prize, Saboteur Award, Scott Prize and Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Her work has been adapted for stage, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and her latest collection of short stories Things We Say in the Dark will be published in October.

The list was commissioned by the National Centre for Writing and British Council, supported by Arts Council England as part of a two-year programme to promote writing from the UK to an international audience.

"LGBTQI+ writers have forced their way out of the dark corners where we were pushed by a society that didn’t want to be reminded of our existence.

Thanks to writers such as Ali Smith, Alan Hollinghurst, Russell T. Davies, Carol Ann Duffy and many more, LGBTQI+ writers are everywhere. And deservedly praised everywhere too. Recommended by reviewers, librarians, teachers, booksellers, reviewers and friends. Words do change the world, reader by reader.”

Read Val's full list of great LGBTQI+ writers here.