Sat 24 Sep 2022, 8.00pm - 9.00pm

A life and death struggle of a book: wounded, angry, beautiful, righteous, beaten and triumphant.A.L. Kennedy 

Kirstin Innes' Scabby Queen is the story of Clio Campbell, a singer and political activist, told by those who knew her, who loved her, and who hated her. A funny, furious state-of-the-nation novel, this is a hugely ambitious book about celebrity, about Scotland, about empathy, and about women’s voices and how they are silenced. 

Chaired by Sara Sheridan, author of The Fair Botanists and guest speaker on Sunday 25 September. 

Kirstin Innes is the author of the novels Scabby Queen (2020) and Fishnet (2015) and co-author of the non-fiction book Brickwork: A Biography of The Arches (2021). She has also written a number of short stories for BBC Radio 4, as well as the script for the radio documentary Daft Punk Is Staying At My House. 

She lives in Renfrewshire with her partner and children, and is currently working on her third novel, Semiprecious, as well as two full-length plays. Kirstin is a former arts journalist and currently writes a weekly column for the Press and Journal.