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Janice Galloway

Janice Galloway scored an immediate success – and critical acclaim – with her début novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing. The story of a young drama teacher’s descent into insanity in a working-class housing estate sets the hard-hitting and confrontational tone central to her later short story collections and novels. The collections Blood and Where You Find It won the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. More recently she has turned her pen to strong historical women, with an opera based on the life of Mary Shelley (Monster, with Sally Beamish), and Clara, based on the life of 19th-century pianist Clara Weick Schumann.

Janice Galloway studied Music and English at Glasgow University, and now lives and works in Glasgow. Her memoir of her Ayrshire childhood in the 1950s and 60s, This Is Not About Me, was published in September 2008. An anthology of her earlier short stories, Collected Stories, was published in late 2009. Her latest collection is Jellyfish, published by Freight Books.

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