Internationally acclaimed award winning writer, born in Coatbridge, Scotland. Studied English Literature. Taught English. Writer-in-Residence at Castlemilk 1998-2000. Poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, screen writer, scriptwriter for TV, stage and radio. Published in USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, Flemish, French, and Spanish. His novel Me and Ma Gal was included on the list of The 100 Best Scottish Books of all time. Anthologized internationally. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian language (2007).
Prizes and awards including the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award (shortlist), Television Arts Performance Showcase Writer of the Year Award (winner), International Festival of Playwriting Award (winner), World Book Day Award and a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (Best Ensemble Play). He has also written the smash hit play Singin’ I'm No a Billy He's a Tim (2005).