In Conversation with Janice Galloway

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Currie Library

210 Lanark Road West

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Edinburgh

EH14 5NX

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Described as ‘unnerving’, ‘visceral’ and ‘surreal’ – Janice Galloway has haunted the landscape of Scottish writing with her terse and musical language since the publication of The Trick is to Keep Breathing in 1989. Telling the story of a young anorexic teacher, the novel quickly became a modern classic for its truthful portrayal of mental illness – a recurrent theme in Galloway’s work, connected to her own experiences.

Galloway has also written an anti-memoir, This is Not About Me, as well as a novel documenting the life of the Schumanns and their close friendship with Brahms. Music seems crucial in Galloway’s work, the need for it urgent as it helps her weave her stories. She has written a libretto for an opera based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where she explores the true nature of monstrosity, moving away from clichés of the hideous and deformed.

She has worked as Writer in Residence in three Scottish prisons, as well as the refugee detention centre, Dungavel. Her sensitivity, economical use of language, and unusual and candid way of looking at the world, will make for an interesting discussion.

Music will be provided by the Spylaw Scarlets, a local instrumental quartet who play a heady mix of cultural classics, celtic capers and festive fun.

The music will commence around 5.45pm, with Janice Galloway's talk at approximately 6.30pm

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Currie Library

210 Lanark Road West

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Edinburgh

EH14 5NX

United Kingdom

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