ZoŽ Strachan is the author of Negative Space and Spin Cycle (both published by Picador). The former won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. ZoŽ also writes short stories, essays, journalism and drama. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3. She has received two writer's bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council, a Hawthornden Fellowship and was UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Scotland. In 2008 she was awarded a Hermann Kesten Stipendium and spent time in Nuremberg, and in 2009 she received a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship which took her to France to write. She lives in Glasgow where she teaches part time on the prestigious Creative Writing programme at the University of Glasgow. Her play Old Girls opened the 2009/10 season of A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor in Glasgow, and her short opera Sublimation (with composer Nick Fells) will premiere and tour in May 2010 with Scottish Opera. She has just completed her third novel, What I Was Going to Do and is currently embarking on a new stage play, working title Panic Patterns, which she is co-writing with her partner Louise Welsh.