HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Helen MacKinven

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

Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Gutter magazine and one of her novels was shortlisted in a UK-wide competition by Hookline Books. Her debut novel, Talk of the Toun, a coming-of-age story set in 1985 in the Falkirk area will be published by ThunderPoint in October 2105.

Helen blogs at Helen's Blog and is on Twitter @HelenMacKinven