Internationally acclaimed award winning writer, born in Coatbridge. Studied English Literature. Taught English. Writer-in-Residence at Castlemilk 1998-2000. Stand up Comic, poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist. TV scriptwriter and screen writer for stage and radio. Published in USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French and Spanish. His novel Me and Ma Gal was included on the list of The 100 Greatest Ever Scottish Books. His play Singin I'm No a Billy he's a Tim has become an international phenomenon. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian language (2007).