Galloway, Janice. (b. 1956).
W o r k
- novelist and short story writer, poet, and librettist
- represents Scottish postmodern writing: employs an ironic world-weary humour, depicts the Scottish urban experience in late Capitalism, and gives voice to the feminine condition in Scottish working-class communities
The Trick is to Keep Breathing (1989):
- a novel capturing the inner life of Joy, a woman in her late twenties, a drama teacher, and an anorectic-alcoholic
- follows the onset and development of depression she incurs after her married lover's accidental death
- lightens the subject with wit and irony found in moments of despair
Foreign Parts (1994):
- a novelistic account of dysfunctional relationships, both between men and women and between women friends
- set in France, where two women in their late thirties, single and childless, go together for a holiday
- contrasts the nervous and dependent Cassie x the plodding and dominant Rona against the background of an uncomfortable low-budget holiday filled with unpleasant incidents
Where You Find It (1996):
- a collection of short stories dealing with the nature of love
- shows love between men and women and family love sometimes as self-deceptive, often as destructive, and always as highly unromantic
- a novel about the 19th century musician Clara Schumann and her husband Robert Schumann
- distils memory, poetry, and music to examine the way artists forge patterns out of chaos
- an opera libretto in collaboration with the composer Sally Beamish, based on the life of Mary Shelley
(Photo: Calum Colvin).
AuthorJanice Galloway. (b. 1956). Scottish.
WorkNovelist. Short story writer. Librettist. Author of The Trick is to Keep Breathing (1989).
"Passion one might take for granted - its control is the mechanism through which all else flows."
From Clara (2002).