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Thirteen Short Stories

By Kirsty Logan

Illustrated by Liz Myhill

Published in: Hardback, 192 pages.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, August 2015.
Price: £9.95
ISBN 9781906841232

Published with the assistance of the
Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship

Although this Limited Edition is now out of print, a paperback edition has been published by Vintage.


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In their tiny, sea-beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland, Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child. They spend their time telling stories to the unborn baby, trying to pass on the lessons they’ve learned: tales of circuses and stargazing, selkie fishermen and domestic werewolves, child-eating witches and broken-toothed dragons. But each must keep their storytelling a secret from the other, as they’ve agreed to only ever tell the plain truth. Ruth tells her stories when Liska is at work, to a background of shrieking seabirds; Liska tells hers when Ruth is asleep, with the lighthouse sweeping its steady beam through the window. As their tales build and grow along with their child, Liska and Ruth realise that the truth lives in their stories, and they cannot hide from one another.

A Portable Shelter is a beautifully produced collection of elegant, haunting short stories from one of Scotland’s most exciting new talents. Each story is accompanied by an illustration from the award-winning artist Liz Myhill.



  1. Cutting Teeth
  2. The Keep
  3. Ex-
  4. The Perfect Wife
  5. The Animals Went in Two by Two
  6. Flinch
  7. The Exact Sound of Grief
  8. Stars, Witch, Bear
  9. Cold Enough to Start Fires
  10. The Mother of Giants
  11. Small World
  12. The Elephant Dance
  13. The Ghost Club


Praise for Kirsty Logan’s novel The Gracekeepers:

  • “Highly original ... set in a haunting sea-world both familiar and mysterious” —Ursula K. Le Guin
  • “A bold, fresh new talent ... a wild, original imagination” —Independent on Sunday
  • “In luscious, vivid prose, Logan brings to mind Angela Carter, or Atwood or Winterson at their best” —The Independent
  • “Beautiful and bewitching: read it and be swept away on a magical wave of love and language” —The Bookseller
  • “A gorgeously melancholy novel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale of mermen and mourning birds, ghost cities on the ocean floor, and precious soil. I envy the reader who is just now picking it up.” —The Herald


Last updated 27 November 2015.