The official website of Carl MacDougall; television presenter, radio broadcaster, editor, compiler, reviewer, but first and foremost, writer.

Carl and Stash, Sacramento.


Carl has written novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction, journalism, plays, radio programmes and television series. However he is most at home writing fiction. His work includes three prize-winning novels, four pamphlets and three collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and he has edited four anthologies, including the best selling The Devil and the Giro. He has also written and presented two major television series and is probably working on too many things.


And who is this so last century young man? (This video requires the Flashplayer plugin).

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


This website aims to provide information about Carl MacDougall, his books, television work, talks and readings. All of Carl's publications are listed here and can be purchased from websites such as Abebooks or Amazon. If you have a particular interest, any suggestions or comments then please get in touch.


"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


Carl's review of Benjamin Lytall's A View of Tulsa is in the current issue of The Warwick Review, March 2014.

Carl now teaches at the University of the West of Scotland and the University of the Highlands and Islands.


Carl's story Someone Always Robs the Poor is in The Warwick Review (December, 2013) - "All day my father stood at the back of the cart, waving his hat, and when my mother told him to sit down, he said, I am waving goodbye to Poland. I am looking to see what I have to take with me."

Black Middens (New Writing Scotland 31) the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland, edited by Carl MacDougall and Zoe Strachan and containing work by more than 90 writers has just been published. More Info at The Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

Carl's story Queen's Park is in Causeway/Cabhsair (4:1) - "When his wife varnished his hair to the headboard, he paid his daughter to cut his hair and borrowed the fiver back two days later. Then he stole his wife's glasses and tried to pawn them ..."

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