Pre-Order: Kirsty MacKay ‘The Fish That Never Swam’

The causes of Glasgow’s excess mortality lie in government policy – not with the individual and their lifestyle choices. During the 1970s and 80’s Glasgow was in a ‘managed decline’.

Kirsty Mackay spent 4 years traveling across the city researching, interviewing and photographing. This work links Mackay’s own experience growing up in the city, the loss of her father and three of her male friends, the diverse experiences of the people she photographed together with the latest research from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

Outwith Books (Glasgow) have 10 signed copies available to pre-order plus they will be hosting the official book launch in October.



‘The Fish That Never Swam’ pre-order

288 pages, soft cover 245 x 320 mm

Edition of 500, including and colour black and white photographs, text written by Kirsty Mackay, abridged research paper ‘History Politics and Vulnerability’ from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

Publishing date, October 2021. Pre-orders will be notified by email of October dispatch date.


Banner Image © Kirsty MacKay Kaitlin, 23, at home in Springburn. ‘I’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness, been through two blocks of therapy, left uni, started a new job,’ she says. ‘I feel it in my bones that good things are going to happen for me soon. I am powerful amazing and ready.’ 


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