Profile: Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room and Naming the Bones
- Brian Donaldson
- 1 February 2012
The crime author is set to appear at three literary events this month
Ever since she exploded onto the Scottish literary scene in 2002 with her literary detective novel The Cutting Room, Louise Welsh has proved to be an astute explorer of human frailty. She describes her quartet of acclaimed novels as quests in which an auctioneer seeks to uncover the truth about a set of photographs (The Cutting Room), Christopher Marlowe goes on the hunt of his own creation (Tamburlaine Must Die), a failing conjuror accepts the challenge of a lifetime (The Bullet Trick) and an English lecturer embarks upon a journey to an ancient burial ground (Naming the Bones). Her fifth book, The Girl on the Stairs, is due out in August and should be well worth the wait.
Late February has her in fine fettle with a trio of appearances. She hooks up with Zoe Strachan at Edinburgh Waterstone’s (Thu 23 Feb) as part of LGBT History Month, reading from their most recent works: Welsh with Naming the Bones and Strachan with Ever Fallen in Love. For the Margins Book & Music Festival[LINK NEEDED] the following day, she is accompanied onto the Arches stage with Christopher Brookmyre to discuss how the pair find inspiration and get those words out.
And in another Margins event which brings more Scottish writers together onto one stage than you could shake a quill at, Welsh appears in Alasdair Gray’s Fleck at Òran Mór (Sun 26 Feb). A rehearsed reading of this play was a monster hit at the 2010 Edinburgh International Book Festival and here features Welsh alongside the likes of Alan Bissett, Chiew Siah-Tei, Rodge Glass and Gray himself. If you only go to see one reinterpretation of the Faust myth this year, make it this one.
Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Thu 23 Feb; The Arches, Glasgow, Fri 24 Feb; Òran Mór, Glasgow, Sun 26 Feb.