Warner, Alan

Alan Warner

Elected: 2013

Year of birth: 1964

Alan Warner is a Scottish writer and novelist who has published the following novels: Morvern Callar, (1995) which won the Somerset Maugham Prize and was adapted for the cinema by director Lynne Ramsay in 2002. These Demented Lands (1997) which won the Encore Award. The Sopranos/Our Ladies (1998) which won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. The novel has been adapted into a National Theatre of Scotland, Olivier Award-winning production which ran in the West End of London and also a Sony Pictures cinema adaptation: Our Ladies, directed by Michael Caton-Jones in 2020. The Man Who Walks (2002), The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven (2006), The Stars in the Bright Sky (2010) which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, The Deadman’s Pedal (2012), which won the 2012 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Their Lips Talk of Mischief, was published in 2014 by Faber, and Kitchenly 434 will be published in 2021.

Alan was born in Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, in 1964. His parents were hoteliers and he attended Oban High School, Ealing College of Higher Education and The University of Glasgow, where he wrote a MPhil thesis on Joseph Conrad. He is married to Hollie and their lives are ruled by two cats.

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