Kirsty Logan: author of ‘quirky, vivid, lush, wild and magical' fairytales

This article is from 2014

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Chris Scott

The Scottish author and former List books editor is set to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Kirsty Logan was living in Glasgow, publishing the occasional short story and poem online and in literary magazines, and she’d just been appointed books editor at The List. Fast forward 12 months and a bit, and she’s had to step down from List duties as her literary career has taken off. Appearances at spoken word events, creative writing mentoring and writing commissions have snowballed.

As well as notching up rave reviews for her debut book The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, written in the style of a lustier, gothier Amélie, she’s preparing book two, The Gracekeepers, which will be out in spring 2015. She’ll also be appearing at the Book Festival alongside Somerset Maugham Award-winner Sara Maitland – and she just got engaged to her partner Annie.

While everything in Logan’s garden is looking rosy (that also happens to be the name of Annie and Kirsty’s dog), her fictional world is an altogether stranger place. Lightbulb eaters, coin-operated children and lovers with clockwork hearts inhabit the pages of her grown-up fairytales, which Logan sums up as ‘quirky, vivid, lush, wild and magical.’

Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 21 Aug, 2pm, £7 (£5).

Kirsty Logan & Sara Maitland

No doubt about it, Kirsty Logan has exploded onto the Scottish literary scene and she’s heading for international acclaim. Today she presents her scintillating short story collection of modern myths and fairytales, The Rental Heart. Brilliant Galloway-born writer Sara Maitland has already won the Somerset Maugham Award.