Ajay Close is a novelist and dramatist. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful,was published by Secker and Warburg and long-listed for the Orange Prize. This was followed by Forspoken, also published by Secker. Her latest novel, Trust, will be published by Blackfriars later this year. A fourth novel,The Daughter of Lady Macbeth, is currently being submitted for publication.
The Keekin Gless, her play about Scots poet William Soutar, premiered at Perth Theatre in July 2009. In a Sma Room, a musical play based on Soutar’s life and work, toured Scotland in 2012. She is currently working on a fictional adaptation of Cat and Mouse, her script about the Scottish suffragettes and the prison doctor who force-fed them.
Ajay’s first career was in journalism, where she won many awards. She has written for Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman, Sunday Herald, Herald, Scottish Review of Books, Sunday Times, Independent, New Statesman, and other publications.