Janice Galloway


Janice Galloway (1956) is one of Scotland's most versatile writers. She writes prose, poetry, libretti and short stories, she has been involved in several joint ventures with other artists, such as the opera Monster with Sally Beamih, and she used to be a tutor at Glasgow University. She currently works as a fulltime writer. Her debut The trick is to keep breathing (1990) is already considered a Scottish classic. Stage adaptations of this novel have been performed both in London and Toronto. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, Scottish First Book and Aer Lingus Awards; the book won the MIND/Allen Lane Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Her later novels and short stories were also extensively awarded. For example, The New York Times declared her second book Blood its Notable Book of the Year 1992.

Her writing frequently addresses dependency relationships of all kinds. Her last novel, This is not about me, is a dazzling book recalling vivid memories of her childhood. During her stay in Villa Hellenbosch she worked on a successor, tentatively entitled Other people's babies, about the same child, now coming to terms with adolescence and womanhood.



The piece of Janice Galloway can be found in Writing Away From Home, International Authors in Brussels, an English-language book published by literary organisation Het beschrijf.

Villa Hellebosch
5.10.09 > 1.11.09
Passa Porta
29.04.13 > 20.05.13

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