‘Love in a Changing Environment’ by Janice Galloway

 from Blood.

When I was studying for my A Levels (1994-6), Channel 4 broadcast a three-part series on three contemporary Scottish writers: James Kelman, Irvine Welsh and Janice Galloway. I recorded the late-night program and watched it the following day. I knew who Welsh was, Trainspotting had not long since been published, but it was the other two writers who were to have the bigger impact on me.

It’s the setting that stood out to me in ‘Love in a Changing Environment’; the couple in the story move into a flat above a bakery. Their relationship plays out to the smell of crumpets, cobs and Danish pastries. That is until the bakers leave and the butcher moves in.