Louise Peterkin’s debut collection The Night Jar (published by Salt) adds new twists on fairy tales, Bond henchmen, Hitchcock and HP Lovecraft to its devil’s brew. Based in Edinburgh, Peterkin discusses how her love of classic horror films inspired poems, how to approach the work of great artists whose personal life and views are troubling, and her recurring character, a nun called Sister Agnieszka.
Louise Peterkin is a poet from Edinburgh. Her poetry has been widely published in many journals and anthologies. In 2016 she was a recipient of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in the poetry category. She is the co-editor along with Rob A. Mackenzie of Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark (Blue Diode Press, 2018). She is an assistant editor for the long running independent poetry magazine The Interpreter’s House. She is a huge fan of cinema, particular horror and old Hollywood films and she works full time as a Library Assistant for the University of Edinburgh.