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Glasgow writer Kirsty Logan long-listed for LGBT book prize

POLARIpinkLARGEbookcoverGlasgow based author Kirsty Logan’s collection of short stories “The Rental Heart” has been long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize 2015.

The longlist of the 10 books on the run to win this year’s award was announced this week at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre.

The Polari First Book Prize, now in its fifth year, is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction

Winner of the Scott Prize The Herald: Book of the Year 2014 and the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection, Kirsty Logan’s “The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales” is a collection of ‘twenty tales of lust and loss, featuring clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world.’

Speaking to KaleidoScot, Kirsty said she is “thrilled and honoured to be longlisted for the Polari.”

Kirsty Logan
Kirsty Logan

She added: “I was blown away by last year’s winner, Diriye Osman’s Fairytales for Lost Children, and I’m so impressed by the strength and variety of this year’s list – short fiction, novels, non-fiction, poetry, mixed media; as well as a mix of genres.

“It’s a true testament to the way that LGBT writers in particular are always striving to tell stories in new ways. I feel lucky to have my stories among them.”

Chair of the judges, Paul Burston said the judges “were impressed with the overall quality of submissions,” and will face a “difficult task deciding the shortlist”

He continued: “This year’s long list reflects the richness and diversity of LGBT literary talent. From commercial and literary fiction to short stories, poetry to political polemic, there’s something here to suit most tastes.”

The shortlist of five books will be announced on 15 September with the overall winner revealed at the London Literature Festival in October.

The Polari First Book Prize 2015 longlist, is:








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Luciano is a Brazilian-born award winning digital journalist based in Glasgow who gets inspired by people and their stories. He is fascinated by youth culture and is a music aficionado.

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