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James Kelman

James Kelman

‘Kelman is a funny, sour, expansive writer, whose strange, new sentences are brilliant adventures in thought’ – The New Yorker

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. After leaving school at 15 he worked in the printing industry and as a bus driver. In 1971 he attended creative writing night classes and in 1973 an American company published his first collection of short stories, An Old Pub Near The Angel. Greyhound for Breakfast won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize; A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize amidst a storm of controversy. He has also written many plays for stage and radio. In 2009 James was shortlisted for the Man Booker International. He has been shortlisted once again in 2011. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and family.

Picture by Murdo MacLeod.

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