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What should audiences expect from your event at Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival?

Chaos and mayhem.

This year’s festival theme is Fear. How do you think your event will fit in with that theme?

My work explores what makes us afraid – I am also the editor of Ghost: 100 Stories To Read With The Lights On.

What are you most afraid of and why?

Nuclear war / eels

What was the last book you read?

Ma Jian – The Noodle Maker

Who is your favourite writer and why?

Robert Louis Stevenson, I’ve been reading him since childhood, his books are a kind of home to me.

What do you find is the easiest and/or the most difficult part of writing?

Staying at the desk is the hardest part.

What are you working on at the moment that you are most excited about?

A new novel . . . it’s a secret . . . I also wrote the libretto for a new opera Athropocene (music by Stuart MacRae) which hits the stage in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London in January 2019, courtesy of Scottish Opera

Louise Welsh is appearing at Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival on Saturday 3 November at 7pm. Book tickets here.