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An Occasional Clunk: Shonky Writing with Zoƫ Strachan and Louise Welsh

Shonky writing is not scared to show what Robert Louis Stevenson calls ‘the springs and mechanisms’. It lets its guts hang out, not just the belly, the actual bloody intestines…Shonky writing is not bad writing. It is writing with affect, it is transgressive, the stuff our teachers despaired of, Shonky writing is F-U-N.

Join us for an evening of readings and conversation with internationally renowned writers Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh exploring the unreliable and stimulating possibilities of Shonky writing and literature.

Zoë Strachan is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and librettist who also dabbles in non-fiction and drama. Her most recent novel, Ever Fallen in Love, was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards and the Green Carnation Prize. Her opera The Lady from the Sea, composed by Craig Armstrong, won a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Glasgow.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently No Dominion, the final volume in her Plague Times Trilogy. Louise has received numerous awards and international fellowships. In 2014 Louise was co-founder and director (with Jude Barber of Collective Architecture) of the Empire Café, an award winning, multi-disciplinary exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.