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Launch: Tigerish Waters: Selected Writings of Sophie Reilly

29th November 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the London launch of Tigerish Waters: Selected Writings of Sophie Reilly, published by Mad Weir Books. Tigerish Waters gathers together the vital, lyrical writings of Sophie Reilly (1995-2016) – in prose, poetry and drama – alongside the journal which, written over the final months of a life cut tragically short by suicide, bears witness to her terrible battle with a complex of debilitating manic and depressive illnesses.

What emerges, powerfully, is the struggle of a young and talented mind to salvage meaning from the wreckage of her illness, and from a world she often felt was closed to her. But to the world’s beauty, she was more alive than is given to most.

The evening will include readings from Samuel Reilly – the editor, and Sophie’s brother – and a short performance of Sophie’s play, ‘Before the Snuff of the Lights’. All profits from the book will be donated to SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health).


This writing is riddled with honesty, with a delight in what most people take for granted and a continual attempt to communicate the difficulties of survival. That she succeeds – and the measure of her success – simply magnifies the loss.

– Carl MacDougall, novelist, President of Scottish PEN.

Sophie Reilly was already at twenty-one an extraordinarily assured writer, her eye sharp and unflinching, her ear for Scottish demotic unerring. In a flash of genius, the work she has left us becomes greeting and farewell in one, her personal tragedy now Scotland’s too to share.

– Andrew McNeillie, poet (Winter Moorings: Carcanet, 2014), founder of Archipelago magazine and Clutag Press.



29th November 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Burley Fisher Books
400 Kingsland Road
London, e8 4aa United Kingdom
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