Maverick Glaswegian author Allan Wilson’s work has appeared in The Year of Open Doors, New Writing Scotland and Gutter Magazine. He sites among his influences the writing of Tobias Wolff, Raymond Carver, James Kelman and Agnes Owens, alongside the beautiful, bleak and beguiling lyrics of Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton. Not surprising then that Wilson’s debut short story collection, Wasted in Love, contains a treasure trove of poignant vignettes, exploring the tragedy and humour of our everyday lives. Wilson reflects, ‘There’s usually humour in tragedy I think. Most of these stories are about love in some way; that might be a couple or a family or it might be sex or selfishness but most of the stories are about some form of love. There’s always tragedy in love. There’s always comedy in love… A reader will bring their own experience to it.’
With vivid, heartbreaking stories and stunning prose, Wasted in Love is already turning the heads of the literati: shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award; dubbed ‘a terrific debut anthology.’ by Tom Leonard; ‘…well crafted, authentic and necessary.’ by The Skinny; and with Alan Bissett musing that Allan Wilson ‘might just represent the future of Scottish fiction.’ we are certain that it won’t be long before Allan Wilson is a household name.
- Festival dates:
- 15–31 August 2020
- Programme launch:
- June 2020