Janice Galloway is a critically acclaimed Scottish writer whose work spans a number of different genres, including the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and opera libretti. She was born in 1955 in the Ayrshire town of Saltcoats, a once popular seaside resort for local Scots. Much of her childhood is recounted in the recent memoir (or “anti-memoir”, as she puts it [Galloway, 2011]), This Is Not About Me (2008). In this narrative, the reader discovers that Janice was the result of a late and unwanted pregnancy, a fact frequently disclosed to her by her mother and sister with a degree of callousness. Until the age of four, she suffered neglect and occasional abuse from her alcoholic father; the family separated and Janice …

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Shanks, Paul Fraser. "Janice Galloway". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2011
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