Ajay Close is a novelist and dramatist. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was published by Secker & Warburg and long-listed for the Orange Prize. This was followed by Forspoken (Secker & Warburg); Trust (Blackfriars, and Tippermuir Books); and A Petrol Scented Spring (Sandstone Press), which was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
The Keekin Gless, a play about Scots poet William Soutar, premiered at Perth Theatre in July 2009. The Sma Room Seance, a musical play based on Soutar’s life and work, toured Scotland in 2012 and was revived at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Cat and Mouse, about the Scottish suffragettes, premiered at Goodlyburn Theatre, Perth, in October 2016.
Ajay’s first career was in journalism, where she won many awards.
Events and readings
March 18, 2pm
Callendar House, Falkirk, A Petrol Scented Spring
March 25, 12.30pm
Invercarse Hotel, Perth Road, Dundee. Graduate Women Scotland – East spring lunch. A Petrol Scented Spring
May 9, 7.30pm
Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy. Discussion of motherhood and The Daughter of Lady Macbeth.
A Petrol Scented Spring
A Petrol Scented Spring, a novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women’s emancipation, is now available in large print and as an audiobookMORE