Janice Galloway

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Janice Galloway

(1955-12-02) 2 December

1955 (age 59)
Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland
Occupation writer
Nationality British
Period contemporary
Genre general fiction
Notable works The Trick is to Keep Breathing (1989)
Notable awards MIND Book of the Year, Allen Lane Award, E. M. Forster Award, McVitie's Award for Book of the Year, Saltire Award, Creative Scotland Award, SMIT non-fiction Book of the Year.

Janice Galloway (born 1955 in Saltcoats, Scotland) is a writer of novels, short stories, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti.


She is the second daughter of James Galloway and Janet Clark McBride. Her parents separated when she was four and her father died when she was six. Her sister Nora, sixteen years older, died in 2000. She studied Music and English at Glasgow University, then worked as a school teacher for ten years before turning to writing.

She was the first Scottish Arts Council writer in residence to four prisons (HMPs Cornton Vale, Dungavel, Barlinnie and Polmont YOI) and was the Times Literary Supplement Research Fellow to the British Library in 1999. Her awards include: MIND/Allan Lane Award (for The Trick is to Keep Breathing), the McVitie's Prize (for Foreign Parts), the E.M. Forster Award (presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters), the Creative Scotland Award, Saltire Book of the Year (for Clara) and the SMIT non-fiction Book of the Year for This is not about Me.

Janice Galloway currently lives in South Lanarkshire with her son, James, and husband, Jonathan.

She has written and presented three radio series for BBC Scotland (Life as a Man, Imagined Lives and Chopin's Scottish Swansong) and works extensively with musicians and visual artists including Sally Beamish, Anne Bevan, Michael Wolchover, Norman McBeath and Alasdair Nicolson. Her books Clara and This is Not About Me were recorded for the RNIB Talking Books service by the author in 2004 and 2009 respectively.

In December 2008 she was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.[1]

Galloway wrote the glosses on Bronte's Shirley and Eliot's Felix Holt and Middlemarch in The Book of Prefaces, edited by Alasdair Gray.



Collections of short stories[edit]

  • Blood (1991)
  • Where You Find It (1996)
  • "Collected Stories" (2009)

and has been widely anthologised in collections since 1990.


  • Boy Book See (2002)

Other texts[edit]

  • Chute (1998, French play/monologue commissioned by the Traverse Theatre)
  • Pipelines (2000, prose and poetry text to accompany Anne Bevan's exhibition "undercovered")
  • Monster (2002, opera libretto for Sally Beamish and Scottish Opera)
  • Rosengarten (2004, a book of prose and poetry, matched with an exhibition of obstetrical implements by Anne Bevan)
  • This is Not About Me (2008, memoir)
  • All Made Up (2011, memoir)


  • Bernard Sellin (coord.), Voices from Modern Scotland: Janice Galloway, Alasdair Gray, CRINI (Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l'Interculturalité), Nantes, 2007, 143 p., ISBN 2-916424-10-5.


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