Chris Dolan


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Chris Dolan

Award-winning poet, author and playwright Chris Dolan was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

His first play, The Veil, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1991. His other plays include Sabina! (1998), a bittersweet comedy set in Glasgow, won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First in 1996, and was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2000. Sabina! has had nine productions to date.  The Reader, an adaptation of the novel by Bernard Schlink, was first staged in 2000 by Borderline Theatre, as was a further play, The Angel's Share  (2000). He also translates and adapts drama from Spanish, including Short Spin and Wheesht, and translates his own work into Spanish.  

He writes regularly for radio, including two original plays and several adaptations, and an adaptation of Eco's The Name of the Rose was broadcast in 2006. He writes and presents radio features and documentaries for Radio Scotland and for BBC Radio 3 and 4. His most recent radio credit is Short Story which premiered on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.

He writes screenplays which have included Poor Angels and a TV drama documentary, An Anarchist's Story: The Life of Ethel MacDonald, was broadcast by the BBC in 2006.  His writing for television includes episodes of Taggart and River City.

His journalism includes features, reviews and travel pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including The Independent and Scotland on Sunday. He has been Literary Reviewer and Features Writer for The Herald since 2002. In 1999, he won the Canongate Prize for Journalism.

His short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies and have been broadcast on BBC Radio and Radio Scotland. He is a former winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition, and his book Poor Angels and Other Stories (1995) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. His first novel, Ascension Day, was published in 1998 and won the McKitterick Prize. 

Chris Dolan is an experienced tutor working throughout the UK, and in Spain. In 2008, he wrote the short play, Hephaistos, with composer Gerry Rossi, about the mythical story of the god of Fire. He is currently a lecturer on the MA Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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