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.

Her latest novel, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth, will be published by Sandstone Press in February 2017.

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.

The Daughter of Lady MacBethEvents and readings


September 8th, 7.30pm
The Birnam Reader, Station Road, Birnam,
The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

September 15th, 6.30pm
Spirit of Moray book festival, Elgin Library,
The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

September 20th, 2pm
Pitlochry and District U3A, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

October 26th, 10am-12pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee (via Lifelong Learning Dundee), A Petrol Scented Spring

October 28th, 5pm
WOW! Festival, Strathearn Library, Crieff, A Petrol Scented Spring

November 2nd, 12.30pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

November 25th, 9.30am-3.30pm,
North Ayrshire Readers’ Day, Greenwood Conference Centre, Irvine, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

November 26th
Previously… Scotland’s History Festival Edinburgh, Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, A Petrol Scented Spring


February 7th, 7.30pm
Mercure Hotel Ayr, Ayr Writers Club, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

February 14th, 2.15pm
Tower Building, Dundee University, Abertay Historical Society,  A Petrol Scented Spring

April 25th, 6.30pm
Aberfeldy & District Inner Wheel, Aberfeldy Bowling Club (PSS), A Petrol Scented Spring


April 10th, 12.30pm
Auchterarder Ladies Lunch Club, Glendevon Hotel, 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 audiobook MORE

Available from Amazon

Petrol Scented Spring


Petrol Scented Spring

Petrol Scented Spring


The Daughter of Lady Macbeth, A Petrol Scented Spring, Trust, Official and Doubtful and Forspoken are available on Amazon.