THE NEW YORK TIMES
My debut novel got the front cover of The New York Times Book Review. I almost retired right there and then. It was one of my happiest literary moments. With my second novel I was just really praying that people would like it and would not think that I only had one good book in me. The Sunlight Pilgrims became my second novel on the front cover of The New York Times Book Review. My publisher Hogarth & Crown at Random House in New York said they’d never seen this happen to a novelist two books in a row. It still makes me smile. When other things in literature are not so much fun, when people are catty or the whole business side trying, when life is too demanding and all those other things, remembering that something like this could happen to my work at all — it helps me to keep going. I love The New York Times Book Review and I’ve not been there for nearly twenty years but I always imagine I will end up some kind of cat lady, living in the Lower East Side — going to gigs every Sunday.
SALTIRE PRIZE FICTION AWARD SHORTLIST
The Sunlight Pilgrims is on the shortlist for the Saltire Prize Fiction Awards. The awards are very strong this year and I am keeping company with Irvine Welsh and James Kelman among others.
SCOTTISH AUTHOR OF THE YEAR 2016 at SUNDAY HERALD CULTURE AWARDS
Very happy to have this accolade alongside and attend the award ceremony where many other culture awards in theatre, dance and music were awarded this year.
CURRENTLY WRITING TWO INTER-LINKED NOVELS
I am currently trying to keep all my other commitments at a minimum as I am currently writing novels 3 & 4. Both of these novels are linked and involve extensive research. I am currently writing novel 4, while researching novel 3. While they can both be read separately they are linked. I envisage novel 4 (SMALL CLAM & THE ANVIL) should be finished completely by late Spring.
THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS
This is my second fiction novel and I am really happy to remain with William Heinemann, Random House UK, also Hogarth & Crown, US. Published (2016). The novel is out in hardback and paperback with foreign editions due out in France, Italy, Czechoslovakia and hopefully Germany too.
THE DEAD QUEEN OF BOHEMIA (New & Collected Poems) (2016). Published by Polygon, Birlinn in April 2016.
THE PANOPTICON (film script)
I have written the film script for The Panopticon and it is being made by Sixteen Films.
OTHER UPCOMING WORK
I am collating my artwork for a book. It will be published next year with Word Power Women. I will be teaching at Lumb Bank this year, with Niall Griffiths. I am quietly doing a critical thesis on Kafka for my PhD.
WRITER IN RESIDENCE
I concluded my two year Writer In Residence post at Edinburgh University and I had a great time during the job. I was back at Edinburgh University teaching short story writing for the Spring term last year, this year I am taking time out from that to focus on my two new novels.
I was offered some great mentoring positions but I am really limited at the moment due to time constraints. Last year I worked with a young author called Lynsey May on her second novel via The Scottish Book Trust where Lynsey won a mentorship as part of her New Writers Awards. I am currently mentoring Heather Parry via Moniack Mhor.
The Sunlight Pilgrims has been shortlisted of the Scottish Saltire Fiction Award.
The Panopticon was shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Award, The James Tait Black Prize, Dublin IMPAC, it was one of Waterstones 11 best worldwide debuts, Top Ten Cult Books 2013, Stylist Book Wars Winner, among others! I was also selected as on of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 2013, a once-in-a-decade accolade.
BBC Radio 4 Play — We Live In the Sky.
BBC Radio Book Cafe (The Sunlight Pilgrims) with Mariella Frostrup.
Interview with Janice Galloway.
Interview with Shareen Nanjiani.
Memoir show with Edie Stark.
Regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland, also Janice Forsyth Culture Show.
Five Minute Memoir article, full page, a rambling stream-of-consciousness type memoir.
The New York Times
Private Lives — Jenni Fagan