Helen MacKinven

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Books: Talk of the Toun


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Genre: Contemporary Scottish fiction

Publisher: ThunderPoint http://www.thunderpoint.scot/authors.html

Publication date: 29/10/15

Books: Buy Buy Baby


Genre: Contemporary Scottish fiction

Publisher: Cranachan  http://www.cranachanpublishing.co.uk/

Publication date: 7/7/16



I write contemporary Scottish fiction, with a particular interest in exploring themes such as social class and identity, using black comedy and featuring Scots dialect. I graduated with merit from Stirling University with an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2012.

In my day job I work with numbers, travelling all over Scotland to deliver teacher training in maths. By night, I play with words writing short stories and developing ideas for my next novel. My short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Gutter magazine. One of my novels was shortlisted in a UK-wide competition by Hookline Books.

Originally from the Falkirk area, I now live in a small rural village in North Lanarkshire with my husband. I have two grown-up sons but have filled my empty nest with two dogs, two pygmy goats and an ever-changing number of chickens.

My debut novel, Talk of the Toun is a coming-of-age story of love, family life and friendship set in the summer of 1985 in a working class village in the central belt of Scotland. My latest novel, Buy Buy Baby is a bittersweet story of two very different women united in their desperate quest for motherhood.


Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-MacKinven

Twitter handle@HelenMacKinven

Location: Central Scotland

Links to blog postshttp://helenmackinven.co.uk/

Writer Superpowers

I’d be interested in speaking at festivals, bookshop events, libraries and other literary occasions, either on my own or as part of a panel. I’d be delighted to get involved in discussions about using Scots in writing, giving a voice to working-class characters, being a mature student, my journey to publication, writing tips and the use of social media.

I blog regularly on a range of writing related topics and can write articles and short stories for publication.

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