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Alan Bissett is a playwright, novelist and performer who lives near Glasgow. In 2012 he was named Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year and in 2013 was shortlisted for Writer of the Year at the Creative Scotland Awards. The plays which he has written, performed and self-produced with director Sacha Kyle are The Moira Monologues (2009), The Red Hourglass (2012) and Ban This Filth! (2013), shortlisted for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Other plays include The Ching Room (Traverse/Oran Mor 2009), Turbo Folk (Oran Mor 2010) which was shortlisted for Best New Play at the CATs Awards, The Confidant (NTS/Oran Mor 2011), Pinnochio (Arches 2011), Nikki and the Gang (Youth Musical Theatre 2012), Jock: Scotland on Trial (Tron 2014), The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant (Assembly Rooms 2014) and What the F**kirk? (FalkirkCommunity Trust 2015). His Collected Plays were published in 2015.
He is currently working on a play about football, entitled Souness. His radio work for BBC Scotland includes Hit the Road (2011), Loch Ness (2013), a sequel to John Byrne's Tutti Frutti (2013), plus numerous adaptations of ghost stories, Scots legends and Greek myths. He has also acted in Gregory Burke's Battery Farm (Oran Mor 2012), directed by David MacLennan.The short film which he wrote and narrated, The Shutdown (2009), won numerous awards at international and domestic film festivals. Alan's prose work includes essays for The Guardian and The Scotsman and four novels: Boyracers (2001), The Incredible Adam Spark (2005), Death of a Ladies' Man (2009) and Pack Men (2011), the latter two of which were both shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Fiction of the Year Prize. He was short- or longlisted for the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short-Story Competition four years running between 1999 and 2002 and has edited five anthologies of fiction, plus a book of essays on Scottish independence.
Alan is a former lecturer in Creative Writing at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow and has performed his work at numerous international festivals, including Toronto, New York, Beijing, Melbourne, The Hague and Lagos.