Helen McClory

One of Kei Miller’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“Her practice is endlessly playful, formally inventive, and always stretching itself into new territories. We are always in need writers to show us new forms, and McClory is establishing herself as a writer able to do just that.”

Kei Miller

Writer, reader, hybrid creature

Helen McClory was raised between the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh, where she currently lives. Her first story collection On the Edges of Vision, won the Saltire First Book of the Year 2015. Her second, Mayhem & Death, was written for the lonely and published in 2018. The Goldblum Variations, a collection of microfictions about Jeff Goldblum and you, came out in October 2019, and a novel, Bitterhall, in April 2021. There is a moor and a cold sea in her heart.

Read this Times interview with Helen

Shiny dark licorice mind candy: nothing quite like them’ – Margaret Atwood.

‘Angela Carter for the millennial generation’ – Meena Kandasamy.

‘Her finest work to date, Mayhem & Death is a staggering achievement – a beguiling and essential work.’ –  The Skinny

‘Her edgy stories transmit the strangeness of realities in a way that’s comforting precisely because so unsettling. She’s a writer completely unafraid.’ – Ali Smith

‘McClory is clearly one of the best new writers to have emerged in Scotland in the last few years’ – The Herald

A dream-like thing to happen



  • On the Edges of Vision (404 Ink)
  • Flesh of the Peach (Freight)
  • Mayhem & Death (404 Ink)
  • The Goldblum Variations (404 Ink)
  • Bitterhall (Polygon)

Contact Helen


Twitter: @HelenMcClory

Website: https://schietree.wordpress.com/


Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates


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