Kirsty Logan

One of Val McDermid’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“She reworks folk tales, fairy stories, myth and magic to explore desire, identity and our hidden queer lives.”

Val McDermid

Professional daydreamer; creator of queer feminist fairytales

Kirsty Logan is the author of three short story collections, two novels, a flash fiction chapbook, and a short memoir. 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 distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine.

She is the author of two novels, The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and two story collections, A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog. She has tattooed toes.

“Highly original… haunting and mysterious.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

“Kirsty Logan is an exquisite writer…if you want to be captivated, if you want to be utterly taken, reach for this book and don’t let go.” – Roxane Gay

“Everything about this book is beautiful: the language is a poetic and diaphanous as nature and the many characters who contribute to the story are utterly authentic in this magic realist world…This is a delicious piece of work from a supremely talented young writer.” – Scotsman

“Logan crafts an exquisitely wrought diorama full of tenderly compelling characters; observations about grief, worship, social order, and human nature, and a love that transcends definition… Spellbinding.” —

“Logan brings to mind Angela Carter, or Atwood or Winterson at their best.” — Independent

Surprised and delighted!



2019 – Things We Say in the Dark (forthcoming Harvill Secker), a collection of feminist horror stories

2018 – The Gloaming (Harvill Secker), a novel set on a mythical Scottish island that turns people to stone

2018 – The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up (in Hometown Tales: Glasgow, W&N), a short memoir about grief, mental health and fathers-daughter relationships

2016 – The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive (Found Press), a chapbook of poems and flash fiction

2015 – A Portable Shelter (ASLS, 2015 and Vintage), a collection of linked stories inspired by Scottish folktales; winner of the inaugural Gavin Wallace Fellowship; Italian translation forthcoming

2015 – The Gracekeepers (Harvill Secker), a novel about floating circus in a post-apocalyptic world; published in UK, US, Canada and Commonwealth; winner of the Lambda Literary Award; selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and Waterstones Book Club

2014 – The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales (Salt), a collection of queer reimagined fairytales; winner of the Scott Prize, Polari Prize and Saboteur Award; stories adapted for stage, radio and short film.

Contact Kirsty



Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown


Harvill Secker, Bethan Jones