Kirsty Logan: Biography

Kirsty Logan

13 mar 1984

Kirsty Logan is a Scottish author who lives and works in Glasgow. She is best known for her debut novel The Gracekeepers. In addition to writing novels, Logan has also written collections of poetry and short stories. She also works as an editor of other people’s fiction as well as a writer of book reviews and a literary mentor. She also performs at spoken word events and festivals across the whole of the United Kingdom and Europe. In the spare time she has left, she also volunteers at her local Oxfam Book Shop.

Logan draws heavily on the influence of Angela Carter, having completed her undergraduate dissertation on the subject of the retelling of fairytales. Her own work is also inspired by traditional fairytales and Scottish folklore.

The Rental Heart and other Fairytales, a collection of short stories, won Logan many awards after its publication in 2013. She was awarded the Scott Prize, The Herald: Book of the Year, the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection as well as the Polari First Book Prize. In 2016, The Gracekeepers followed suit, winning Logan the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror book.

Logan is an avid reader and publishes a blog reviewing the books which she has read each month. In an interview for the Scottish Book Trust she admitted that she has started and then stopped reading far more books than she has ever finished. She is strict with herself in that if she is not enjoying a book by the time she gets to page 50, she stops reading and moves on. She confessed to making books her own by folding down the corners, cracking the spines and scribbling in the margins.

Logan lives in Glasgow with her wife and their dog, Rosie. Her next novel, The Gloaming, will be published in 2017.