Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


Alan also writes film scripts, radio plays and television screenplays. In 2009, director Adam Stafford turned The Shutdown, a short non-fiction story Alan wrote about growing up next to one of Europe’s largest petrochemical plants and the harrowing experience of an explosion that temporarily deformed his father, into a multi award-winning documentary short, which Alan supplied the narration for. The Shutdown was produced by Accidental Media.

You can watch The Shutdown on Amazon Prime.

In 2019 he presented a documentary for Caledonia TV/BBC Scotland, Inside the Mind of Robert Burns.

Alan has also written several radio plays for BBC Radio Scotland, mainly for young people and told in Scots, including:

Loch Ness

Greek Myths: King Midas and Helen and Aphrodite

Scottish Ghost Stories:

The Candle

The Auld Man of Littledean

The White Lady

He recorded a podcast for BBC Radio 4 in 2013, From Lad to Feminist.

Between 2015-2016 Alan wrote for Scotland’s most popular long-running TV drama, River City.