About

20111011-143939.jpgI am a novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and writing tutor born and raised in the Outer Hebrides, now living in London. My novels, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde (Polygon) and bestselling debut, The Stornoway Way (Penguin), were both published to widespread critical acclaim. My first book, Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate), won the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best poetry collection published in Europe by a writer under 35. I am also the author of Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate) and plays The Callanish Stoned (Theatre Hebrides) and Sweetness, an adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Torgny Lindgren. My short stories have been published extensively.

My latest poetry anthology, Struileag: Shore to Shore, a collection celebrating the Gaelic diaspora, will be published in March 2015. These Islands, We Sing, a collection of poetry from the Scottish islands, was published by Polygon in 2011.

I am also a highly experienced creative writing tutor. I’ve taught workshops internationally, led residential writing retreats, lectured on creative writing courses at university level (Edinburgh, Uppsala, Kingston), mentored debut novelists and helped bring writers from obscurity to award-winning prominence.


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  1. Hello there Kevin.

    I’ve just read The Stornoway Way in a single sitting, and I loved it. A few weeks previously I read Love and Zen on a bus on a pouring wet day in Edinburgh, and it reduced me to tears, and I bought three copies for people I knew. Both of these books have been lent to me by friends and languished on my bookshelf (Stornoway) and bag (Love and Zen) for long periods until I had nothing else to read, and both times I realised I should have read them sooner. Am now going to seek out Jekyll and Hyde ON PORPOISE :o)

    Thank you very much. If you’re ever doing any readings in Glasgow or Edinburgh, please give me a shout.

    Cara x

  2. Hi Cara,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. *blush blush*. I did a reading (well, book launch), in Edinburgh and Glasgow recently…next Central Belt one is Saturday 13th August at the Edinburgh International Book festival. I’ll be reading from the Jekyll and Hyde one on porpoise as that’s what they’ve advertised as me doing.
    Take care and don’t go letting books languish!
    K
    x

  3. Hi. My girlfriend loves your writing and The Stornoway Way is by far we favourite book of all time!

    Was just wondering if you have any book signings coming up? I’d love to get her a signed copy!

  4. I just wanted to let you know that “These Islands We Sing”, of which you are the editor, has been the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I am from Shetland though moved away over 20 years ago. I have felt like an outsider ever since and yearned to be able to express myself yet my poetry was always wide, wide of the mark. Then I read the poems in this book and my heart and mind opened and now I cannot stop writing. Thank you for collecting these poems and showing me that where I grew up is what will always define me and that I don’t have to try to be anyone else when I write.

  5. Dear Maxine, Thank you for your very kind words. I’m so happy you enjoyed ‘These Islands, We Sing’ and found it inspiring. It’s wonderful to hear it has helped you reconnect with Shetland. Best of luck with your writing; I’ll look out for your name. 🙂 Kevin

    1. Hey, after my above post I have had success. Not under this name, so I’m not getting free promotion under the guise of posting! 19 poems published in the last year and I have been in The New Shetlander 4 times. All thanks to your wonderful anthology showing me island voices can sing. Thanks so much.

      Maxine.

      1. That’s fantastic, Maxine – I’m very glad to hear it. Will look out for your work, though that might not be easy if you write under a pseudonym. I did a couple of events in Shetland recently; it was very nice to be back. Look out for a book called Between Islands, with a long story by me, Roseanne Watt (Shetland) and Alison Miller (Orkney). May your island voice keep singing. K

  6. Sorry to come this route, but I was hoping to enquire about the film and TV rights to ‘The Stornoway Way’?

  7. OK, in the middle of the night, I am in the middle of reading “The Brilliant & Forever”. Even though it is still unfinished, I wanted talk about it, tell someone how good it is. Since it is middle of the night and I can’t wake anyone up and make them read, I thought it is good idea to reach the writer and say simply “thank you”.

  8. I finished reading The Brilliant yesterday afternoon. It followed me around the kitchen and the garden today and I’m still thinking about it now. Thank you for the writing. Thank you for the great effort and the humour. Highlight: image of the narrator freewheeling down Hill Fuji with rain cape and peat iron.

  9. Kindest regards and warmest blessings to R.S. 😦 R.I.P.
    & a gentle kick in the hom’ aww’s marred with a slightly grudged handshake to Kevin 😀
    Much love

    Saul.

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