Pauline Lynch is an actor and writer. She began her professional life playing Lizzie in the film from the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting. Since then she's worked internationally in stage, film, TV and radio.
In 2011 she joined the MLitt Creative Writing programme at the University of Glasgow. (I started the same day and Pauline was the first person in my class I spoke to – no doubt attracted by the warmth of her smile and personality.) She made her mark as a student and in 2013 was one of three contenders for the Sceptre Prize, an annual award run jointly by the University of Glasgow and Hodder & Stoughton.
I went along to the Sceptre Prize Event at the Aye Write, Glasgow's Book Festival – all three pieces of writing were excellent but it was no surprise when Pauline was announced the winner. Her character Aggie, a fifteen year old Texan, was planted vividly in my mind and I'm very much looking forward to finding out more about her story in Armadillos, Pauline's debut novel, to be published by Legend Press (2016).
Armadillos by Pauline Lynch will be launched on Thursday 7 April, 2016 8 p.m. at Elphinstone Hotel
145 High Street, ML12 6DH Biggar, South Lanarkshire
The launch was super. Pauline has nailed that Texan accent. 🙂
Pauline is part of the Ten Writers Telling Lies Project – where ten of Glasgow's most talented writers have got together with the musician Jim Byrne, to produce a book and CD. The product will be launched in 2017. You can catch a preview at the West End Festival 2016.
She said the world is divided. She said there are tribes in the world, and countries, and countries at war, and factions within factions within those countries and basically there's a whole load of fucked up shit going on. But the biggest difference, she said, the biggest basic difference was between people. That's what she said.
She said, basically, not all people are people. That is to say, not all people are human. They walk human, they talk human, and in every conceivable way to the untrained eye they are human, but that don't mean shit.
I didn't believe her.
She said you basically got human people and you got sub people. And we were part of that category labeled sub.
We were sitting in the bedroom and I asked her why it was we were sub. She said it was time I knew and went downstairs. When she came back she brought company. Seemed I was a woman now, she said, and we kept it in the family. Had done for years. She said it.
Pauline's written work also includes the stage play, King of the Gypsies, which toured nationally. She collaborated with Poorboy Theatre Company to create a walking audio piece for the National Museum of Scotland and has written in a range of forms for various publications.
'The Donnelly family are a tight-knit bunch, but when one of their own dies without warning, the mother, the daughter-in-law, and the daughter, despite being united in grief, are each sent hurtling in wildly different directions.
From the churches of Glasgow to the nightclubs of London, can they find their way back to each other before it's too late? And in the wake of a parent’s death, who exactly is responsible for looking after whom?'
The Elphinstone Hotel, 145 High Street, Biggar, ML12 6DL