|Born||1 February 1965 (age 51)
|Education||MA (Hons) in history, MLitt in Creative Writing (Distinction)|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde|
Louise Welsh (London, 1 February 1965) is an English-born author of short stories and psychological thrillers. She has also written many three plays as well as editing volumes of prose and poetry and contributing to various journals and anthologies. She is based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Welsh's debut novel The Cutting Room (2002) was nominated for several literary awards including the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction. It won the Crime Writers' Association Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel. Welsh's second major work, the novella Tamburlaine Must Die (2004), fictionally recounts the last few days in the life of 16th-century English dramatist and poet Christopher Marlowe, author of Tamburlaine the Great. Her third novel, The Bullet Trick (2006), is set in Berlin, London and Glasgow and narrated from the perspective of magician and conjurer William Wilson. Her fourth novel, Naming the Bones, was published by Canongate Books in March 2010. Her fifth novel, The Girl on the Stairs is a psychological thriller set in Berlin, and was released in August 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton. Her sixth novel, A Lovely Way to Burn was released in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton, and in 2015 a sequel, Death is a Welcome Guest was published.
From December 2010 to April 2012, she was the Writer in Residence for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.
In 2011, she participated in the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
She contributed, with Zoë Strachan, a shot story entitled "Anyone Who Had a Heart" to Glasgow Women's Library's 21 Revolutions Project. 21 Revolutions commissioned 21 writers and 21 artists to create works to celebrate the 21st Birthday of Glasgow Women's Library.
She is Honorary President of the Ullapool Book Festival.
- The Cutting Room (2002)
- Tamburlaine Must Die (2004)
- The Bullet Trick (2006)
- Naming the Bones (2010)
- The Girl on the Stairs (2012)
- A Lovely Way to Burn (2014)
- Death is a Welcome Guest (2015)
- "The Night Highway" (2009)
- "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
- "University of Glasgow - Schools - School of Critical Studies - Our staff - Professor Louise Welsh". www.gla.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- "Writer Profile: Biography, Critical perspective, Bibliography, Awards". British Council Literature.
- Charles Taylor (8 April 2003). "Captivating Thriller from a new Scottish Writer". Salon.com.
- Paul Hamilos (interview) (5 August 2005). "Capital Encounter". The Guardian.
- Mark Lawson (22 July 2006). "And for her next trick ...". The Guardian.
- "Louise Welsh - A Lovely Way to Burn cover art and synopsis". Upcoming4.me. 22 October 2013.
- "Death Is a Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh, book review: A gripping survivor’s story with shades of Agatha Christie". The Independent. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Oxfam: Ox-Tales". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
- "2011 Resident Participants | The International Writing Program". iwp.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- "Glasgow Women's Library | Celebrating Scotland's Women". www.womenslibrary.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
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