Carl MacDougall has written three prize-winning novels, four pamphlets and four collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and has edited four anthologies, including the best selling The Devil and the Giro. He has written and presented two major television series for BBC 2, is President of Scottish PEN, an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and is probably working on too many things.


Carl speaking on the Short Stories of Iain Crichton Smith, ASLS Schools Conference, 2013.



Someone Always Robs The Poor will be launched on Thursday, March 2, at Cup Tea Garden in Virginia Court (between Virginia St and Miller St) from 6.30pm onwards. The event starts at 7pm.

Someone Always Robs The Poor is published by Freight Books (49/53 Virginia Street, Glasgow G1 1TS. ±44 141 552 5303. on February 21, 2017.

Carl will be reading with Rob Butlin at 3pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in the Mitchell Library as part of Glasgow’s Aye Right Festival.

"Carl is a hero of mine... a great storyteller."

- Billy Connolly

"His work has a unique and distinctive flavour; the writing is beautiful."

- George MacKay Brown

"Carl MacDougall is a writer who is willing to be jumped on by things everyone doesn't see."

- Russell Hoban

"He doesn't always write about Glasgow... but when he does, he manages better than almost any other writer to communicate place and people together, and in balance; our intangible criterion for a Glasgow short story."

- Moira Burgess

"This novel ... sets Carl MacDougall firmly among the pantheon of Kelman and Gray... sparkling and exhilarating... wise and, above all, entertaining."

- Iain Crichton Smith, Scotland on Sunday on Stone Over Water

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"Carl MacDougall’s new collection is brimming with the qualities we’ve come to expect from this important Scottish writer: beautiful writing, real people, poignant and wounded like us, rich emotional wisdom, and a lovely wit."

- Anne Lamott, author of Blue Shoe and Imperfect Birds.


This was the first time I've ever read anything by Carl MacDougall, and it will not be the last. The stories contained in this collection often left me stunned, like the powerful story "Korsakoff's Psychosis" that took me right into the experience of a late-stage alcoholic, with all the horrors of that life. It was hard to read that story, and hard to look away even though I wanted to, because the prose slipped me right into the terrible, tragic remnants of mind. The story "William John MacDonald" broke the narrative form to tell a terrible sad story (one of many stories related to drunk men) of a young man's tragic encounter with violence and drinking. On occasion I had to read a page a few times -- in part because of cultural references that weren't familiar to me, and in part because of the style of storytelling. I was always glad to read and re-read.

On the whole, the stories were sad and tragic, although they were never told with melodrama. Instead, they were quiet and deeply emotional, and I sometimes paused when one ended, and held it for a long while before I slipped into the next. What a powerful collection of stories that will haunt me.

Lori Handelman (5 Stars)

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