I’m Kirstin and I write.

I live in a cottage in a village by a loch, with a (fairly) big fella and a very little fella. Before that, I lived in Glasgow for ten long, brilliant years. Before that I lived in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

I travel a lot.

I also do a lot of performance, at spoken word nights and festivals. I founded, programmed and presented the literary cabaret night Words Per Minute, which ran from 2010-14. Basically,  I’m not shy in front of a microphone.

I work as a journalist and freelance arts PR when I’m not writing, and there are pages with a bit more info about those things on this site. I’ve written for The List, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Independent, and The Pool, and worked for a number of excellent organisations.

My first novel, Fishnet, won The Guardian’s Not The Booker prize in 2015. I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2008, and the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011. I was nominated for the PPA Feature Writer of the Year Award in 2007, 2008 and 2010, but never won it.

There. That wasn’t awkward at all. We’re fine.

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