Carol McKay

Carol McKay writes fiction, life writing and some poetry and  teaches creative writing, mostly through the Open University.Her writing has been published in a range of magazines over the last ten years, including Gutter, Chapman and Mslexia. She’s also had fiction published in The Herald and The Telegraph, and anthologised by Birlinn, Luath and Freight. Nine of these stories have now been collected and published as an e-book by PotHole Press, along with some of her previously unpublished favourites.

Carol’s ebook publication is:

Ordinary Domestic: collected short stories

A recipe for Scottish candy, the energy efficiency coding of white goods, home decorating – all appear in this collection of stories about ordinary, domestic life. A car chase, a plunge from a bridge and a Rottweiler attack are there, too ‘weird … unsettling’ – Adele Geras on Decomposing.‘hallucinatory urban realism’ – Suhayl Saadi on Unrestricted (finalist for Macallan / Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition) ‘Carol McKay’s fiction, uncompromising in its engagement with emotional rawness, unsentimental in its portrayal of the past’ – Prof Willy Maley (in The Knuckle End, published by Freight)

Carol McKay’s stories have been published widely over the last decade in literary magazines including Gutter, Chapman and Mslexia. This collection gathers them together for the first time and sets them in context with some of her wider work.

Ordinary Domestic: collected short stories is available on Amazon: For other formats, see the Pothole Press website:

Carol has also co-authored As I lay me down…

Carol’s website and Carol’s  blog here.

Carol’s Amazon Author Page 

Carol appears at the festival in  in Writers Pieces (Aug 26th) and Auld Lums (Aug 26th)