Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.

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Pack Men – promotional blizzard!

‘Pack Men is a blistering, adrenaline-fuelled romp. Should be required reading for both sets of Old Firm supporters, as well as anyone interested in 21st Century Scotland.’ – Doug Johnstone, The List

My new novel is out!  You can read an advance review in the Scottish Review of Books here.  I’m on a promotional blitzkrieg that will see me standing up in front of audiences and blethering the utmost pish (with moments of sparkling insight).  Here’s where you can catch me doing, like, my thing:

Sat 17th Sept, 2pm & 8.20pm – Macrobert Centre, Stirling University

Thurs, 22nd Sept 6.30pm – WordPower Radical Bookstore, 43 West Nicholson St, Edinburgh

Fri 23rd Sept, 4pm – The Old Hairdressers across from Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, as part of KILTR @ Social Media Week

Sat 24th & Sun 25th Sept, 3pm each day – Wigtown Book Festival solo event & 9pm on the Sun as part of Discombobulate.

Thurs 6th Oct – 8.30pm, Behind The Wall, Falkirk.

Sat 8th OctBungofest, Strathbungo, Pollokshields, Glasgow, w/Martin O’Connor. 1.45-2pm Mise en Place. 2.15-2.30pm Samuel Dow’s, 2.45-3pm Moyra Jayne’s.

Thurs 20th Oct – N.Lanarkshire as part of Discombobulate, venue and time tbc.

That’s enough for us to be getting on with eh?  See you somewhere, I hope. You’ve got no excuse for not saying hi.



New Novel Excitement!

Hey groovers,

My new one, Pack Men, will be released on Sept 7th, as a novel and e-book.  It’s set in May 2008, on the day when Glasgow Rangers played a UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.  I’m fairly certain that if you’ve liked any of my stuff before then you’ll also like this one, and you just mightrecognise some of the characters from a previous novel. 

Pack Men

Pack Men

Pre-release copies will be availabe at my main event with Doug Johnstone at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 26th, 7pm, then afterwards at 9pm as part of Words Per Minute for the Unbound strand.  I will also be featured at the Unbound gig for Gutter magazine on August 15th, 9pm, and will be part of the amazing cast of Alasdair Gray’s Fleck on August 29th, alongside Will Self, Ian Rankin, A.L. Kennedy, Janice Galloway, Liz Lochhead, Rodge Glass, Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh.

If you’re nowhere near Edinburgh, then you can catch me at the Belladrum festival on Fri 5th Aug in the literary tent, or at the Black Isle Words Festival on Sat 10th Sept.

That should be enough to be getting on with, I think!  See you soon, with a book in my hands and a wee spring in my step.