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Alan Bissett Goes for the Hat-Trick

Tuesday 30th July 2013; 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Clubroom, Glasgow:

Final Installment of 3-Part ‘Perfecting the Page’ Writing Class, with Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett SWC

The final installment will be:


The real trick of writing lies in the redrafting; but what should we look for when going back through our work? How do we know what to lose, what to keep, and what to tighten?

Alan Bissett was born in 1975 in Falkirk, Scotland, and presently resides in Glasgow; Alan studied at the University of Stirling. He taught English in secondary schools, prior to becoming a Creative Writing lecturer first at the University of Leeds and currently at the University of Glasgow. He has written several short stories, published in magazines and in the anthology of Scottish football fiction, The Hope That Kills Us (2003), and was short- or longlisted for the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition for four consecutive years. Alan has also edited Damage Land: New Scottish Gothic Fiction (2001).

His novels include Boyracers (2001) and The Incredible Adam Spark (2005) – the latter told in the voice of eighteen-year old Adam, a boy with learning disabilities who believes that he has acquired superpowers. Death of a Ladies’ Man (2009) was shortlisted for a 2009 Scottish Arts Council Book Award. His latest novel is Pack Men (2011), the sequel to Boyracers.

Alan became a playwright in 2009, with his works including The Ching Room and The Moira Monologues (a ‘one-woman show’, performed across Central Scotland). Also in 2009, the award-winning short film, The Shutdown, written and narrated by the author, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His new play is Turbo Folk, nominated for a 2010 Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland (Best New Play). A Boyracer film is currently in development, and The Moira Monologues is to be a series for BBC. In 2011, Alan was named Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Scottish Writer of the Year.

Tickets: £6 (£3 for concessions). Free to SWC members.

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