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Kirstin Innes & Outi Smith: Songs for a Scabby Queen

Sunday 26th Sept. 6pm - 7pm BST (online)

The Centre for the Novel invites Kirstin Innes & Outi Smith 

Tracing the life and death of charismatic protest singer and activist Clio Campbell, Kirstin Innes Scabby Queen was one of the best-received Scottish novels of recent years, praised by everyone from Ian Rankin to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Here, the author teams up with singer/composer Outi Smith to tell Clio’s story - and that of the turbulent recent past - through some of the songs that inspired her creation.


Kirstin Innes is a writer and journalist, whose debut novel, Fishnet, a nuanced and thoughtful exploration of contemporary sex work, won the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize in 2015. Winner of the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011, Kirstin writes features and reviews for The Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The List and The Independent. Scabby Queen (2019) has been described as ‘a sparkling tour de force on womanhood, celebrity, Scottishness, the music industry and fighting injustice in the modern era.’ Her first non-fiction book, Brickwork: A Biography of The Arches, co-written with David Bratchpiece, comes out in November 2021.


Outi Smith is a Finnish-born jazz-singer, pianist, vocal tutor and musical director who now lives in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Currently studying for a Master’s in Music Education (Artist/Teacher) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

As a songwriter, Outi draws on her classical and jazz experience, while interweaving a myriad of other generic influences as well

Image courtesy of Becky Duncan

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