Lesley Glaister in conversation with Tabby Stirling
Saturday 31 August
Venue: Stade Hall
10.00 to 11.00
Tabby Stirling talks to critically acclaimed British novelist, poet and playwright, Lesley Glaister.
a critically acclaimed British novelist, poet and playwright. She has written 14 novels and numerous short stories and radio plays. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of St Andrews, and is a regular contributor of book reviews to The Spectator and The Times.
Her subject matter is often serious (murder, madness and obsession crop up regularly in her books) but with a thread of dark humour running through it. Her first novel Honour Thy Father (1990) won the Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award, Now You See Me was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction in 2002, and Easy Peasy was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998. Little Egypt, published in 2014, won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Her first play, Bird Calls, was performed at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, in 2003.
Glaister is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is currently writer in residence at the University of Edinburgh.
Lesley’s most recent book is a dystopian fantasy for young adults. Aphra’s Child (2018) Lesley’s most recent book is a darkly magical fantasy about a young woman, Tula, who inhabits a brutal world where hiding your differences is the only way to stay alive and trusting the wrong person can be fatal.
a poet, author and artist, owner and founder of the Edinburgh based independent publishing house The Stirling Press
Her new novel Bitter Leaves is a sharply realised journey into the dark heart of Singapore’s maid culture where a woman’s life is cheap in one of the richest countries in the world.
‘Tabatha Stirling’s brilliantly achieved first novel, Bitter Leaves, explores the relationships between maids and their employers in Singapore, exposing deeply unsettling truths about what goes on behind the glossy surface of that society. Told in the superbly nuanced voices of four very different female characters, it’s a great read; tense, vivid and involving, both heart-breaking and heart-warming. Tabatha is a talented, brave and accomplished writer and I do hope her novel gains the recognition and success it deserves.’
Lesley Glaister is the critically acclaimed author of thirteen novels and the winner of the Jerwood Prize for Fiction 2014 for her novel, Little Egypt.