Scottish writer stubs

Posted Oct 27, 2009
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  1. Scottish academic biography stubs

    Scottish academic biography stubs

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  1. A.L. Kennedy

    A.L. Kennedy


    Alison Louise "A. L." Kennedy (born 22 October 1965) is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, and stand-up comedian. She is known for her characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work. She contributes columns and reviews to European newspapers.

  2. Alex Gray

    Alex Gray


    Alex Gray (born 1 May 1991) is a professional rugby union player for England Sevens. The former Barnard Castle School Schoolboy and Newcastle Falcons Academy player has captained England to Grand Slams at both Under-16s and 18s levels, making his Under-18s debut three years young when they toured Australia in 2007. He then skippered the Under-18s through a clean sweep in the 2008 Home Nations tournament, before leading them to six wins from six on their summer tour to Argentina. 2009 saw more success at age group level as he led England 18s again, before signing a two-year first team contract at the age of just 17. His primary position is number eight, but he can also play openside flanker. Announcement he will be joining London Irish on 8 Aug 2011. Gray now plays number 12, for the England Rugby Sevens squad.

  3. James Bridie

    James Bridie


    James Bridie (3 January 1888 in Glasgow – 29 January 1951 in Edinburgh) was the pseudonym of a Scottish playwright, screenwriter and surgeon whose real name was Osborne Henry Mavor. He took his pen-name from his paternal grandfather's first name and his grandmother's maiden name.

  4. John McGrath

    John McGrath


    John Peter McGrath (1 June 1935 – 22 January 2002) was a British playwright and theatre theorist who took up the cause of Scottish independence in his plays.

  5. Neil Oliver

    Neil Oliver


    Neil Oliver (born 11 April 1967 in Berwick-upon-Tweed) is an English former footballer, who played for the Berwick Rangers, Blackburn Rovers, Falkirk, Hamilton Academical, Clydebank and East Fife. He became manager of Duns F.C., taking them from the Border Amateur League into the East of Scotland League. He parted company with Duns in August 2013 and was appointed manager of East of Scotland League Premier Division side Coldstream on January 21st 2014. On October 15th 2014, Neil resigned as manager of Coldstream.

  6. David McKay

    David McKay


    David McKay is a Scottish actor and television director.

  7. Nicholas Stuart Gray

    Nicholas Stuart Gray


    Nicholas Stuart Gray (23 October 1922, Scotland - 17 March 1981) was a British actor and playwright, perhaps best known for his work in children's theatre in England. He was also an author of children's fantasy; he wrote a number of novels, a dozen plays, and many short stories. Neil Gaiman has written that Gray "is one of those authors I loved as a boy who holds up even better on rereading as an adult". Many other modern fantasy authors, such as Hilari Bell, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Kate Forsyth, Cassandra Golds, Katherine Langrish, Sophie Masson, and Garth Nix, cite Gray's work as something they enjoyed as children.

  8. Jimmy Boyle

    Jimmy Boyle


    Jimmy Boyle (born 1944) is a Scottish sculptor, novelist and convicted murderer.

  9. Pete Cashmore

    Pete Cashmore


    Pete Cashmore (born 18 September 1985) is the CEO and founder of the popular blog Mashable, a Technorati Top 10 blog worldwide. He grew up in Banchory, and founded Mashable in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2005 at age 19.

  10. Marie Cassidy

    Marie Cassidy


    Professor Marie Therese Jane Cassidy was appointed state pathologist in the Republic of Ireland in January, 2004. She succeeded Dr John Harbison.

  11. Michael Scott Rohan

    Michael Scott Rohan


    Michael Scott Rohan (born 1951 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish fantasy and science fiction author and writer on opera.

  12. William Barclay

    William Barclay


    William Barclay (1873 or 1874–1945) was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

  13. Dave Watson

    Dave Watson


    David Thomas Watson (born 24 May 1966) is a New Zealand former rugby league player who represented his country in the 1980s and 1990s.

  14. Cordelia Oliver

    Cordelia Oliver


    Cordelia Oliver (24 April 1923, Glasgow - 1 December 2009) was a Scottish journalist, painter and art critic, noted as an indefatigable promoter of Scottish arts in general and the avant-garde in particular. She worked during 3 politically turbulent decades as The Guardian's Scottish arts correspondent, reporting the optimism she saw in the country's theatre, opera, music, painting and sculpture.

  15. Bashir Maan

    Bashir Maan


    Bashir Maan CBE (born October 1926) is a Pakistani-Scottish politician, businessman, judge, community worker and writer. In 1970 he became the first Muslim to be elected to a representative office in the United Kingdom, serving as a Labour Party councillor for the Kingston ward of the City of Glasgow Corporation.

  16. Nan Shepherd

    Nan Shepherd


    Nan (Anna) Shepherd (11 February 1893 – 23 February 1981) was a Scottish novelist and poet. She was an early Scottish Modernist writer, who wrote three standalone novels set in small, fictional, communities in North Scotland. The Scottish landscape and weather played a major role in her novels and were the focus of her poetry. Shepherd also wrote one non-fiction book on hill walking, based on her experiences walking in the Cairngorms. Shepherd was a lecturer of English at the Aberdeen College of Education for most of her working life.

  17. Lady Anne Barnard

    Lady Anne Barnard


    Lady Anne Barnard (née Lindsay; 12 December 1750 – 6 May 1825) was a Scottish travel writer, artist and socialite, and the author of the ballad Auld Robin Gray. Her five-year residence in Cape Town, South Africa, although brief, had a significant impact on the cultural and social life of the time.

  18. Brian Taylor

    Brian Taylor


    Brian Taylor (born 9 January 1955 in Dundee) is the political editor for BBC Scotland. Taylor – who joined the BBC in 1985 – originally co-presented Left, Right and Centre and was political correspondent prior to his current role.

  19. Maggie Kingsley

    Maggie Kingsley


    Maggie Kingsley is the pseudonym of Margaret Gray, a Scottish-born writer of Mills & Boon medical romances. Apart from one book - For Jodie's Sake - all of her medical romances are set in Scotland. In 2008 she also had "A Baby For Eve" published which is set in Cornwall and part of the "Brides Of Penhally Bay" series.

  20. Bryan Elsley

    Bryan Elsley


    Bryan Elsley (born 17 May 1961 in Dalkeith, Midlothian) is a Scottish television writer, best known for the co-creation of E4 teen drama Skins with his son, Jamie Brittain. Other television dramas include 40, Rose and Maloney, Nature Boy, The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, The Crow Road, Dates, and Govan Ghost Story.

  21. Caleb Whitefoord

    Caleb Whitefoord


    Caleb Whitefoord FRS FRSE RSA (Edinburgh 1734 – 25 January 1810 London) was a Scottish merchant, diplomat, and political satirist.

  22. John Ramsay (magic)

    John Ramsay (magic)


    John Ramsay (13 March 1877 – 19 January 1962) was a Scottish magician. He has been described, by Alex Proctor, former President of the Scottish Conjurers' Association, as a "magician's magician, who loved to trick fellow conjurers".

  23. Hamish Watt

    Hamish Watt


    Hamish Watt (27 December 1925 – 12 April 2014) was a Scottish politician, farmer and writer. The son of William Watt and Caroline Allan, he was educated at Keith Grammar School and at the University of St Andrews, and was involved in dairy and sheep farming and other business interests.

  24. Rona Munro

    Rona Munro


    Rona Munro (born 7 September 1959) is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck.

  25. Joe Tarnowski

    Joe Tarnowski


    Josef "Joe" Tarnowski (19 March 1922, Maniewicze - 12 September 2010, Edinburgh) was a Polish-Scottish electronics engineer and intelligence officer. He was a spy for the Armia Krajowa after the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland (now western Ukraine) under the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, before being arrested by the NKVD, tortured, and sentenced to the Vorkuta gulag in Siberia. His transportation orders signed by Nikita Khrushchev.

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