Alan Bissett


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Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett is a playwright, performer and novelist from Falkirk. He now lives in Renfrewshire. 

Between 2001 and 2011 Alan published four well-received novels, but in 2009 made his debut as a playwright. Since then he has written several one-man shows which he has performed and co-produced with director, Sacha Kyle, including:

The Moira Monologues (2009)

The Red Hourglass (2012)

Ban This Filth! (2013) - Shortlisted Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

More Moira Monologues (2017) - Shortlisted Best New Play (CATS)

And new plays for production companies, including:

The Ching Room (2009, Traverse Theatre, A Play A Pie and a Pint)

Turbo Folk (2010, A Play A Pie and a Pint) - Shortlisted Best New Play (CATS)

Pinnochio (2010, The Arches)

The Confidant (2011, National Theatre of Scotland, A Play, a Pie and a Pint)

Nikki and the Gang (2012, Youth Musical Theatre UK)

One Thinks of it all as a Dream (2016, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, A Play, a Pie and a Pint)

It Wisnae Me (2018, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, Centre for Racial Equality And Rights)

As of 2019, he is working on a stage adaptation of Alastair McIntosh's book Soil and Soul.

His Collected Plays was published in 2015 by Freight (though is now out-of-print). He has also taught creative writing extensively in schools, and was a former Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow.

In 2016 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling for Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Culture.

Photograph by Sean Purser

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