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29 July 2021

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh works in several forms including novels, short stories, opera libretti, radio, performance and sound art. She has written eight novels, most recently Plague Times Trilogy, a series of books exploring a contemporary pandemic. Louise is editor of Yonder Awa, a collection of poetry on the theme of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade by Scottish and Caribbean writers (2014) and 'Ghost, One Hundred Stories to Read with the Lights On' (2016).

Louise has collaborated on four operas with the composer Stuart MacRae (each produced by Scottish Opera). Their latest collaboration Anthropocene, premiered to wide acclaim in 2019 and will have its Austrian premier at Salzburg State Theatre in May 2020. Louise has also written for the stage, most recently King Keich (2018) based on Alfred Jarry's Pere Ubu.

She has received several awards and international fellowships, including an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and the City of Glasgow Lord Provost's Award for Literature. She was a University of Otago Scottish Writers' Fellow at Pah Homestead, New Zealand (2016).

Louise is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.