Scottish Writers Who Made Great Marks in the Literacy World

Scotland boasts of a rich literacy tradition. Despite being broad enough to stand independently, Scottish works have been classified under English literature for a long time. Over the years, Scottish writers have consistently produced remarkable results, aiding in establishing a vibrant literacy scene. Here are some of Scotland’s all-time greats.

Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray, who authored the famous novel Lanark in 1981, goes down in history by producing one of the most praised literacy works in Scotland and beyond. Gray also wrote a list of other acclaimed novels, poems, and short stories. However, most of his works are directed towards political illustrations, which he beautifully dissects by his detailed descriptions.

James Kelman

James Kelman brought Glasgow to the global scene after he won the acclaimed 1994 Man Booker Prize despite having some passages in his works being too challenging to comprehend. Most of Kelman’s pieces are critical of capitalism, neoliberalism, and globalisation, focusing on giving individuals and communities a voice.

Janice Galloway

Janice hit the scenes in 1989 with her first novel; The Trick is To Keep Breathing. This book is widely acclaimed and ranks among the best Scottish contemporary classics. Galloway’s work is highly regarded for her efforts to give a voice to Scottish working-class women.

Besides writing a long list of novels and short stories, Galloway also collaboratively wrote an opera, memoirs, and three cross-discipline works with Anne Bevan, the famous sculptor.