Jenni Fagan is a Scottish novelist and poet. Her first collection Urchin Belle was published by collectable artisan press Blackheath Books. It sold out almost immediately and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. The Dead Queen of Bohemia, 2010, was named the 3AM Poetry Book of the Year. Polygon published The Dead Queen of Bohemia: new and selected poems in 2016.
There’s A Witch in the Word Machine, also on Polygon, followed in 2018 and a further collectionTruth, is due out this year on Tangerine Press.
Her first novel,The Panopticon (Heinemann, 2012) was selected by Waterstones as one of the best worldwide debuts of 2012, and in 2013 she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Her own theatrical adaptation of the novel is scheduled for a production from the National Theatre of Scotland later this year.
A third novel — Luckenbooth is due out in July 2020.
She has been listed for prizes including James Tait Black, Impac Dublin, The Sunday Times Short Story Prize, Desmond Elliott and The Pushcart Prize. Her work has been translated into eight languages. The Sunlight Pilgrims was published in 2016.
Jenni Fagan has worked as a Writer In Residence in several locations, and has worked with young offenders and women in prison. She was appointed Writer in Residence at University of Edinburgh in 2013.
She is currently the Gavin Wallace Writing Fellow at Summerhall, Edinburgh, engraving poetry onto bones and installing them around the building.