Hello and welcome to my website. I am Louise Allan — mother, doctor, and, more recently, writer. I’m currently tucked away in my attic writing my first novel, which has the working title ‘Ida’s Children’. It is the story of two sisters, one who is childless and must watch on as the other bears child after unwanted child. Both are forced to give up their dreams. You can read an excerpt here.
2013 has been an exciting year as far as my writing goes: I was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship for 2014 to continue work on my novel; two of my stories, ‘Metaplasia’ and ‘Neil and Dad and Me’, were published in the anthology ‘Jukebox’ (Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group, November 2013); and I started this blog. Here, I write about family life and my childhood, the writing process, and whatever takes my fancy. Sometimes, I give my (not-always-popular) opinion and occasionally, I write a book review.
Life here in the attic can get pretty lonely, so please leave a comment and let me know you’ve been.
Thanks for visiting.