New books for graduates Claire & Oliver
2017 brings new books for graduates Claire MacLeary and Oliver Langmead
Claire MacLeary’s first novel, Cross Purpose, the first of a two-book deal, will be published on 23rd February by Contraband, crime imprint of irrepressible Scottish publisher Saraband. Metronome is Oliver Langmead’s second book, following on from his epic science fiction poem – and Not the Booker Prize shortlisted – Dark Star.
Claire spoke to the University recently about her journey here and how she came to this exciting point in her career.
“I first met Kirsty Gunn in 2010 after a talk by William Boyd. She enthused about the new course and urged me to join. I saw a window of opportunity, so I did! A Creative Writing Course is not a ‘quick fix’. Since graduating with distinction in 2011, I have chipped away: developed my dissertation into a literary novel; researched and written a crime novel; had short stories published in Dundee Writes, New Writing Dundee, The Leopard and The Lady magazines, Scottish Book Trust’s Scotland’s Stories of Home.
An event hosted by the Scottish Book Trust afforded an opportunity to pitch my crime novel to foremost Scottish agent Jenny Brown, who encouraged me to work with specialist crime agent and editor Allan Guthrie to finesse the plot. After many months of editing (and anguish), my debut crime novel, Cross Purpose, attracted offers from two publishers and is to be launched next spring, with a second in the series due out the following year.’
Congrats to Claire and Oliver!