The Spit, the Sound and the Nest
By (author) Kathrine Sowerby
The Spit, the Sound and the Nest is a novel in three parts set in distinct, unnamed locations over a winter, a day and a week. Each part revolves around a small group of central characters forced to depend on one another when faced with unexpected circumstances. In all the stories the past weighs heavily on the present. The Spit opens with runaway teens Felix and Luc lost on a dark, snowy night in a small town. A couple offers them work and a place to stay. By winter’s end the four face life-changing decisions. In The Sound, a woman who has chosen to live in isolation questions her decision when a girl shows up at her door dripping wet and carrying a newborn baby. In The Nest, sisters Alice and Edna struggle to make sense of adult lives and cruelties after the housekeeper tells them their parents have died in an accident.
Kathrine Sowerby is a writer and home educator living in Glasgow. She studied Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art before working as an English teacher in Slovakia and Lithuania. Her poems, stories and translations have been published widely in journals and anthologies, and she regularly collaborates with artist and poet Tessa Berring. She has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. Her poetry chapbooks include Unnecessarily Emphatic (Red Ceilings Press), Tired Blue Mountain (Red Ceilings Press) and Margaret and Sunflower (dancing girl press).