Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.

April Dates

This month find me on:

April 16th (Tues) @ Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Unstated brings together the views of 27 writers and activists on independence and Scotland, part of the Aye Write Festival. Tickets and further info available here.
April 17th (Wed) @ Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Free-form, blethery, energised ‘standup literature’ at the Aye Write Festival. Tickets and further info available here.
April 20th (Sat) @ Resonate Arts House, Alloa. A night of performance and physical art alongside Vicki Jarrett, Andrew C Ferguson, Mairi Campbell-Jack and Dickson Telfer. More information available here.
April 22nd-23rd (Mon-Tues) @ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Performing The Red Hourglass. Book online here.

Me in, like, new plays and stuff

Okay persons out there, just to keep you updated with what’s happening in Bissettland (nice to visit, btw, but you wouldn’t want to live there). Writing-wise, I’m working on the screenplay to my first novel, Boyracers, and have scripted a pilot episode of The Moira Monologues for the BBC. I’m optimistic about both of these things being shot.

The performing itch has come back though, resulting in my first new show since Moira. The Red Hourglass finds me playing five different parts: three male, two female, none of them human. There’s going to be an Edinburgh Fringe run in the summer, but in the meantime I’ll be doing a scripted reading for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Reveal season at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, on May 2nd-3rd. Come along if you can’t wait til August.  You may see one of these:

The Red Hourglass

Secondly, I’ll be appearing every day at 1pm in Dear Glasgow as part of Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and a Pint series, from Mon Apr 23rd to Sat 28th. The play will comprise of letters delivered to the Scottish people from the Arab world, and promises to be powerful.

And for those of you who are writers, I’ll be discussing my creative process at the CCA (Sauchiehall St, Glasgow) for the Scottish Writers’ Centre in a free event at 7pm on Thurs Apr 12th.

Finally, on Thurs Apr 19th, I’ll be hosting two of China’s most famous writers, Xu Zechen and Annie Baobei, ‘in conversation’ at the Confucius Institute for Scotland, in Edinburgh at 6pm. Read all about it here.

Oh, and, while I’m here. Support Scottish independence. Here’s why I’m backing it.