about zoe


I was born in 1975 and grew up in Kilmarnock, where I attended (sometimes sporadically) the Grange Academy (I wasn’t a big fan of school).

In 1992 I moved to Glasgow, and in 1996 I graduated with an MA (Hons) in Archaelogy and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow. After working for a couple of years in a motley selection of jobs, the worst of which was probably as a directory enquiries operator, I returned to university to do an MLitt in Creative Writing at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

Negative Space, my first novel, was published in 2002 (Picador), followed by Spin Cycle in 2004 and Ever Fallen in Love in 2011 (Sandstone). I also write short stories, libretti, plays, essays and journalism. You will find more information about my work on this website, or you could also look at my page at Contemporary Writers, where there’s a lovely critical perspective by Dr Nick Turner.

I live in Glasgow with my partner Louise Welsh, and I teach on the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Glasgow. Recently I began a new novel, as yet untitled.

I am on the Board of Directors of Glasgow Women’s Library, a Patron of the Imprint Festival in East Ayrshire, and a supporter of Scottish PEN.

For my latest news, please check out my blog here.

Awards and shortlists here.