Guest Curators


“I chose the Understories strand as a chance to explore the stories beneath the narratives that we can find beneath the surface if we do a little digging. Marginalised writers and storytellers have always taken old stories, flipped them around, and shaken them to see what falls out, whether twisting fairytales and myths into new forms, reclaiming ancient witch tales or re-envisioning 'trash' through an LGBTQ+ lens.”

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. Her first story collection, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, won the Scott Prize, the Polari First Book Prize, and the Saboteur Award. Her first novel, The Gracekeepers won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. Her third book, A Portable Shelter won the Gavin Wallace Fellowship and was published as a limited edition illustrated hardback which sold out on pre-order. Her latest book, Things We Say in the Dark, is a collection of feminist horror stories recently optioned for TV. Kirsty has performed her work at festivals and events throughout the UK and all over the world including countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia and Spain. As well as writing fiction, Kirsty also reviews books and works as a writing mentor. She is currently working on a new novel; a horror story set in the Arctic; a 10-episode series on ghosts for BBC Radio 4; and a musical collaboration. She lives in Glasgow.

Kirsty welcomes authors Intan Paramaditha, Sarah Maria Griffin, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Rebecca Tamas, Michael Lee Richardson and Tasha Suri to the festival as part of an event strand called Understories: Reclaiming the stories we think we know.

Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack is an award-winning author and singer-songwriter. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. His second book, The Un-Discovered Islands, was named Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. His most recent work, The Valley at the Centre of the World, was his debut novel, published by Canongate. It was shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Malachy has written on a variety of subjects including politics, literature, landscape, and agriculture. His articles, essays and reviews have been published widely. Malachy received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014 and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He was the founding editor of the online magazine The Island Review. ​As a singer-songwriter, he has released four albums and an EP and has performed in venues across the UK. Malachy is from Shetland and currently lives in Dunblane. 

Malachy welcomes authors Alastair McIntosh, Kapka Kassabova, Patrick Laurie, Cal Flyn and Lisa Wollett to the festival as part of an event strand called A Place for Hope: land, loss and the politics of care.

Malachy Tallack

"After a year in which most of us have been forced to spend more time at home than we are used to, it seems an ideal moment to talk about what it means to get to know, and to care for, the world around us. I'm so delighted to be able to bring together this selection of wonderful authors from Scotland and beyond, who are each thinking and writing about our relationship with place and with the natural world.”

The Fountain

“It's by no means been an easy task to curate a night that highlights the writers we have loved throughout the last four years; bringing them to you in this mixed evening of prose, spoken word, music and memoir; in the form of The Fountain's Evening of Quarantine Dreaming. But we have a line-up we urge you all not to miss."

The Fountain

The Fountain is a cultural review with a Scottish voice offering informed, engaging reviews of all things cultural. The Fountain’s vision is to provide a platform for reviewers and writers to creatively assess artistic endeavours. It provides opportunities for writers to energetically engage with cultural content, and write about it, Its ethos lies in inclusivity, filtering out the filters.

The Fountain welcomes authors Janette Ayachi and Salena Godden as well as ex-journalist and poet/musician, Heath Common and singer/songwriter Adam Stafford to the festival as part of an event titled The Fountain's Evening of Quarantine Dreaming.