Alan Bissett

"A stunning piece of theatre" – TIME magazine on The Pure, the Dead & the Brilliant

BAFTA Nomination and Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award

I’ve been shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award 2011, which is rather lovely. It’s a much sought-after award, as it recognises achievement by Scots not only in literature, but in Food, the Environment, Business, Music, Sport, Art and Film. In the Writing category I’m up against Denise Mina, Jackie Kay and Julia Donaldson, who are all amazing, and we are planning to sit at the same table, get drunk and all bet on each other winning. Cannay wait. Anyway, if you’d care to, you can vote for me here.

The Shutdown, the short film that I made with Adam Stafford, has also been shortlisted for a Scottish BAFTA.  Results announced on Nov 13th.

You can also hear a ‘career retrospective’ hour long podcast with me and Alasdair Braidwood from the ever excellent Scots Whay Hae. There’s a whole lot of Bissett to listen to on the ‘Fifth Podcast’ here.


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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.