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Scottish Writers' Centre
Alan Bissett: writing in an age of political ferment

Tue 21 April 2020

An interactive event exploring how can writers best engage with politics, using literary skill to shine light onto issues. Ideas and pens – no swords please!

Alan Bissett returns to SWC with an interactive event on writing politics in a time of social and political ferment. As a writer engaged in the world around him, he is well versed in contributing to our thinking and action as a society.

He will explore how writers can engage with politics. What should we watch out for? How can we use literary skill in shining light onto issues? What part can anger play? How to respond creatively to Brexit, Scotland in the UK, the climate crisis, everything else?

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Alan is a novelist, playwright and performer who has become well-established in the Scottish literary scene since the first of his four novels, Boy Racers, was published in 2001. Since 2009, when the critically-acclaimed The Ching Room was debuted, his plays have come to the fore. Moira Monologues and (More) Moira Monologues (for which he won a Fringe First) are widely loved. As a performer of his own work, Alan can be hilarious and poignant, bringing his skill in developing character from the page to the stage. His home town of Falkirk looms large in his writing and performance.

His work has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Scottish BAFTA, Scottish Arts Council Fiction of the Year and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. He was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year 2011 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling for his contribution to Scottish Culture in 2016.