A Portable Shelter
In their tiny, sea-beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland, Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child. They spend their time telling stories to the unborn baby, trying to pass on the lessons they've learned: tales of circuses and stargazing, selkie fishermen and domestic werewolves, child-eating witches and broken-toothed dragons. But each must keep their storytelling a secret from the other, as they've agreed to only ever tell the plain truth. Ruth tells her stories when Liska is at work, to a background of shrieking seabirds; Liska tells hers when Ruth is asleep, with the lighthouse sweeping its steady beam through the window. As their tales build and grow along with their child, Liska and Ruth realise that the truth lives in their stories, and they cannot hide from one another. A Portable Shelter is a beautifully produced collection of elegant, haunting short stories from one of Britain's most exciting new talents. Each story is accompanied by an illustration by award-winning artist Liz Myhill. Produced with the assistance of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 135 x 200 x 20mm | 313g
- 10 Aug 2015
- Association for Scottish Literary Studies
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
- 13 black and white illustrations
Table of contents
1. Cutting Teeth 2. The Keep 3. Ex- 4. The Perfect Wife 5. The Animals Went in Two by Two 6. Flinch 7. The Exact Sound of Grief 8. Stars, Witch, Bear 9. Cold Enough to Start Fires 10. The Mother of Giants 11. Small World 12. The Elephant Dance 13. The Ghost Club
About Kirsty Logan
Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer. Her first short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, won the Scott Prize and was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals throughout the world. She lives in Glasgow with her fiancee and their rescue puppy. Her first novel, The Gracekeepers, was published in 2015 by Harvill Secker.