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.
DEFAMATIONSCOT - On Tuesday, June 27 at 6.30pm in the Scottish Parliament’s Committee Room 4, Carl will introduce Andy Wightman MSP, Paulo Quadros, Rosalind McInnes and Angela Haggerty to discuss how we can protect free expression, fight for reform and protect those speaking out.
This event is organised by Scottish PEN.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - On Saturday, August 12 at 10.15am in the Speigeltent, Carl is reading with Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Luminate Festival - On Tuesday, October 10 at 2.15pm in Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Carl will be reading from Someone Always Robs the Poor.
"Carl is a hero of mine... a great storyteller."
"His work has a unique and distinctive flavour; the writing is beautiful."
"Carl MacDougall is a writer who is willing to be jumped on by things everyone doesn't see."
"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."
"This novel ... sets Carl MacDougall firmly among the pantheon of Kelman and Gray... sparkling and exhilarating... wise and, above all, entertaining."
"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."
"A towering figure… has lost none of his distinctive style or ability to shock… MacDougall creates a complex world over a dozen deftly crafted pages… [a] masterful collection"
"Brutal but brilliant"
"The towering voice of Scottish literature returns with this stunning collection… told without melodrama, with MacDougall’s cleanly-written prose… This is a triumphant return to fiction after an absence of a decade for this award-winning writer"
"The stories contained in this collection often left me stunned ... on occasion I had to read a page a few times ... 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."