Janet paisley not for glory

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janet paisley not for glory

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JANET Paisley , who has died aged 70, was a poet, novelist, playwright and scriptwriter, writing for film, television and radio, an author of short stories, non-fiction, and work for children.

Obituary: Janet Paisley, poet, novelist and activist for the Scots language

She was born in in Ilford, Essex and grew up in Avonbridge, near Falkirk in a family where everybody read and every house was full of books. As soon as she learned to read herself, she knew that she wanted to write. Her influences extend from the King James Bible, which was her first source of inspiration despite her not having any religious beliefs, to William Shakespeare, Victorian author Margaret Oliphant and across the great literary figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her own writing career began following the break-up of her marriage when as a single mother, who had originally worked in primary education, she had to find a way of looking after her family and earning a living. Janet began writing for the commercial market and had her first short story published in Five collections of poetry followed, interspersed with short fiction and work in theatre, radio and TV drama, film and occasional journalism.

She was Paisley wrote in multiple genres and formats — poetry, short stories, historical fiction and nonfiction, television scripts and dramas for theater and radio. She wrote in English and in Scots, the Scottish language, which she championed. It is set in a shelter for battered women, where several characters reflect on their experience with domestic violence — a subject Ms. Paisley knew all too well.

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Inspired by first century AD warrior women, Janet Paisley's Warrior Daughter is a gripping adventure about one young woman's struggle to survive in the harsh Celtic wilderness. Daughter of an Iron Age warrior queen, Skaaha is wild, headstrong and revered. But she is also a child, and when a chariot race leaves the queen dead and her menacing rival Mara in her place, Skaaha's charmed life lies in ruins. Vulnerable, her future imperilled, Skaaha seeks to forge a life beyond the new queen's reach. But with rumour, fear and danger sweeping the island, she cannot remain unmoved. Broken by brutal misfortune, alone in a world of mistrust, Skaaha must unearth the courage to confront her enemies in defence of her people.


  1. Gilles C. says:

    Her first poetry collection, Pegasus in Flight , was published in

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