Louise Blythe-Summers Antlers

Louise Blythe Summers is a junior doctor in Emergency Medicine. She was raised in rural Scotland and graduated from the University of Aberdeen’s medical school in 2015. She studied medicine in the tiny forgotten places of the Scottish Highlands and developed a love of the wilderness in her home country. She completed her foundation medical training in Glasgow and moved to England to complete her master’s degree at Bath Spa University in 2017.

Antlers is a dark coming-of-age story exploring parental death and sexual orientation. The protagonist, scholarship student Daniel O’Connor, is completing his fifth year in a dilapidated independent school in the depths of Ross and Cromarty. At home, in Port Glasgow, his bed-bound mother is dying of cancer and his father is barely making enough to scrape by.  The arrival of a new student, Isaac Taranir, pushes Dan to confront his sexuality and the violent hyper-masculinity of his relationships.