Zoë Strachan


Zoë Strachan  is a Scottish novelist, journalist and university tutor.

Strachan grew up in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. She studied Archeology and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, followed by a MPhil in Creative Writing at the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. She later became a Creative Writing tutor at the University of Glasgow. Strachan lives in Glasgow with her girlfriend, novelist Louise Welsh.

Strachan's work has been published in New Writing 15, Bordercrossing Berlin, The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature and The Antigonish Review. In 2006 she was named the first writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Negative Space, was published in 2002 by Picador. It won the Betty Trask Award in 2003 and was short-listed for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Her second novel was 2004's Spin Cycle. In 2008 Strachan was awarded the Hermann Kesten Stipendium fellowship. As of June 2009, she was working on her third novel, Play Dead.

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