Author Profile:   Amy Liptrot is a British journalist and author.

Name: Amy Liptrot


2016 – The Outrun

Background: Amy Liptrot was born in Orkney, United Kingdom. She completed her education at the University of Edinburgh. She spent her childhood years in Orkney, after which she launched herself into the clubbing scene in London with dangerous consequences. Presently Amy Liptrot lives in Orkney with a son, her only child. She has not consumed alcohol for eight years as in 2019.  Amy Liptrot shares that getting sober may be one thing, which she has done hundreds of times however a daily challenge is continue to stay sober. Amy Liptrot learned the importance of rewriting her work, where she could feel the book tighten and settle just like constructing the dyke (drystone wall).

Genre: Amy Liptrot’s book, The Outrun is a gorgeous reminiscent account of how her home island played a significant role in restoring back her health. Amy Liptrot’s writing style has developed through her diaries most importantly, referring to her dreadful notebooks and her experiences as a journalist.

Literary Contributions: Amy Liptrot won the Wainwright Prize (2016) and the PEN Ackerley Prize (2017) for her memoir The Outrun.

Unique Stylistic Features: Amy Liptrot’s book, The Outrun, is about her experiences of returning back to reside in Orkney. Here she spent her growing up years on a farm and for the purpose of rehabilitation. During the one decade she spent in London, she had resorted to drug abuse and alcoholism. Drinking too much had made her unhappy. Finally she became ‘washed up’ and sober on her home island.

Amy Liptrot states that she dyed her hair a furious blue and swam the cold ocean, gradually moving upwards. This is the best thing she could have done for herself, she states. She started linking changes going on within herself with the new things she was learning about the environment.

Living in Orkney she began figuring out life without the consumption of alcohol. After the end of a relationship, this time she put her life back together for the better. She enjoyed repairing a section of the drystone walls (dyke) in Orkney which she finds is a creative process while enjoying the environment around her at the same time. Selecting odd shaped stones for shape and height in the construction of the Dyke, keeps her discriminating and visualizing constantly. In the process of constructing something that will last and by using ancient practices she links herself steadily to the land she resides in.