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Bissett, Alan

Works: 23 works in 85 publications in 1 language and 955 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Drama  Alternative rock music  Rock music  Humor  Popular music 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR8630, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alan Bissett
Death of a ladies' man by Alan Bissett( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By day, Charlie Bain is the school's most inspiring teacher. By night, he prowls the stylish bars of Glascow, seducing women."--Back cover
Born under a Union flag : Rangers, Britain and Scottish independence by Alan Bissett( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born Under the Union Flag is a collection of contributions by a range of people from the worlds of football, politics, academia and literature. The book addresses a variety of tensions involved in Rangers Football Club and the Scottish independence debate. Harry Reid, for instance, offers an overview of Rangers in Scottish society, exploring its connections with Unionism and Protestantism. Other contributors explore further nuances of Rangers' role in contemporary Scotland, such as issues of gender and connections with Northern Ireland. Born Under the Union Jack? is a
Pack men by Alan Bissett( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'That's why aw this-' Cage lifts his lager can, sweeps it round 180 degrees. '-means so much tay a man.' The crowd stamps and claps, a hundred and fifty thousand voices blending into one. In 2008 Glasgow Rangers FC reached a major European final. It was held in Manchester, a short hop from Scotland into England. Cue a colossal invasion: the largest movement of Scots over the border in history and the first time in hundreds of years that an English city was taken over. Chaos reigned. Pack Men is the fictional story of three pals and one child trapped inside this powderkeg. In a city rocking with beer, brotherhood and sectarianism, the boys struggle to hold onto their friendship, as they turn on each other and the police turn on them. And somehow one of them has to disclose a secret which he knows the others won't want to hear
Boyracers by Alan Bissett( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its first publication ten years ago Boyracers has established itself as a contemporary Scottish cult classic. It is a totally fresh, savvy and supremely honest take on being young, naive and hopeful, and the pains of living life at hyperspeed in a mad pop-culture world. It is fast, pacy and funny - an exhilarating joyride through the formative years of four Falkirk teenagers. Alan has contributed an Afterword to this special anniversary edition
The incredible Adam Spark by Alan Bissett( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam Spark, eighteen going on eight-and-a-half is a fast-food worker. On waking from an accident in which he saves a child, he has curious powers, he's sure it can't just be his imagination. Could it be that Adam has been chosen to become Falkirk's first superhero?
Damage land : new Scottish gothic fiction( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the event of fire( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This year has seen one new editor and one experienced editor share the reins of New Writing Scotland. Reins, it seemed sometimes, which belonged to an impatient horse. New Writing Scotland represents an annual jerk-forwards in the onwards motion of Scottish literature, with all its energy, raw and pulsing and unpublished. Reading through the submissions this year was a frequently exciting experience: those times, it felt good. Other times, being editor was an apologetic throwing of negativity into the world, that understanding of just how many rejections we would have to make. Let us tell you about The Box. It sits in the corner of the room. The Box! Like a booby-trapped device in a horror movie. Will it spring open today with knives? Or flowers? Each year, New Writing Scotland editors report on the staggering number of entries received, but it’s difficult to visualise just how huge a pile 800 of them is, just how long it takes to read. We make no grumbles: this is the editors’ job and we carry it out with much determination and enthusiasm. After the reading? The monumental task of grading each anonymous submission as Yes, No or Maybe, a little intellectual beauty contest, and coming to a mutual conclusion about 800 different catwalk models, not knowing if we’re giving a new writer their first taste of publication, or rejecting the work of some major literary figure. Satisfying were those whose opening lines struck a real confident strut. Equally relished, in their own way, were the ones which could be discarded almost immediately. Most frustrating was the large body of Maybes, where talent was clear but we observed technical problems or maybe our Maybe was simply down to subjectivity. These are the manuscripts over which editors can agonise the most. Should we publish, therefore giving a writer who was close-but-not-quite-there encouragement and an audience? Or should we protect the writer from too early exposure, allowing time for further crafting? In the main, we chose the latter option, selecting those which both editors felt had achieved a certain clarity, depth or singularity of voice. These, basically, are the ones which made us most excited, made us think: yes. A double yes. Yes! This writer needs to be read. Which leads us to our title. We like ‘In the Event of Fire’ for its everydayness (it’s a sign which we read, perhaps literally, on a daily basis) but also for the danger implied. Notice how fire is described as event. Something which erupts from the ordinary. Something which we are cautious about. We responded to writers who abandoned caution, who let the fire become an event, who did not scream, running for the exits, but who let it burn. Now, let it spread. It’s exit out the Fire Door for one of the current editors, her three-year editorial post being completed. It’s been great reading to find out which voices will set the heather alight each year, and a weather eye will keep watching from a safe distance. Our other editor, however, very much looks forward to The Box next year sitting there in the corner of his room, ticking away with the event of fire
Stone going home again( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To be a writer is to be a focused skiver. It's not that it isn’t hard work. Ask anyone stuck arse-about-face halfway through the long tube of a novel, hauling mechanical bits and sprockets, both start and finish mere pinholes of light at either end, whether or not it feels like a nap. The skiving comes elsewhere. It is attitudinal. An artist must live at one step removed from everyone else, curiously observing the ebb and flow around them. You have to be close enough to empathise with society, and yet not be consumed by it entirely -- Mortgage! Career! Keep the profits coming! Work! Work! – and watch your soul disappear into the office shredder. Practice for this nimble sidestepping comes in the peculiar lifestyle arrangements needed for writing to happen at all: the flickering laptop once the kids have gone to bed; the frantic scribbling on a dead shift. Alan Warner phoned in sick in order to write Morvern Callar. Structured procrastination: avoiding work you’re supposed to be doing by doing work you actually cherish. Focused skiving. We are fortunate that, in Scotland, structures exist to make this more joyous kind of work possible: the Scottish Book Trust and Arts Council have bursaries and mentoring schemes for writers at any stage in their career, whether school pupil or established poet. A network of writers' groups stretches across the land. The live literature scene is bursting with new talent and relentlessly cross-fertilising with music, film, comedy and theatre. Conversely, however, actual publication opportunities have dried up. No major Scottish short-story prize currently exists. Literary magazines are dying (although Gutter is a new, welcome exception). Mainstream publishers have stopped producing anthologies. The supermarkets and high street chains, whose stock is controlled by the South of England, are pulping Scottish literature. The only brand they seem interested in is Tartan Noir. A whole culture is slowly being erased. In such a climate, the role of New Writing Scotland feels more vital than ever. So it gives us a feeling of immense responsibility to have stewardship this year, and do our bit to help reward more skiving. Everyone here has downed tools, edged towards a fire exit left carelessly open, whistling as they went, hoping no-one will notice. Just for long enough. That each piece has its own unique hum, its way of recreating the world on its own terms, suggests too the mental escapes these writers have made, which hopefully will inspire readers. What was most noticeable to the editors this year was the higher quality of poetry than of prose. Many of the poems sang, while relatively few of the stories did. Perhaps mass-market imperatives and the lack of opportunity for prose writers have led to an inevitable blunting of short fiction. The truest voices seem to have fled into the ever-more rareified sphere of poetry, where such compromising forces as ‘the market’ are disregarded. It’s telling that some of the best prose experiments occupied the miniscule forms of flash-fictions and micro-narratives. Perhaps because of the compression of Scottish culture, the pressure grows stronger within the smallest forms, and a thrillingly different perspective emerges. Not here are to be found patronising The Scheme-like stereotypes or pidgin Scots. The country on display in this book is full, linguistically varied, and earthy. Stone going home again. Meanwhile, the financial sector lurches drunkenly above us, spilling chaos in its wake. It will be interesting to see how the new crop of writers react to the sudden challenge of a Conservative government, what shapes and stances it will force our nation to adopt. Or adopt anew. To start with, some focused skiving might be a good way of rewarding an employer who may soon be firing you anyway. If you’re reading this at work, we’re already on the right path. These writers, and many of you holding this book now, will form the new movements in Scottish letters, that necessary republic. Let the focused skiving commence
The flight of the turtle( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book that changed my life( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year of open doors( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one of the most ambitious collections of recent years, Somerset Maugham Prizewinner Rodge Glass edits an exciting assembly of Scotland s most promising new writers. Writing on contemporary Scotland, The Year of Open Doors features stories from Saltire First Book award shortlisted Sophie Cooke, James Black Tait Memorial Prize nominee Suhayl Saadi, acclaimed novelist and poet Kevin MacNeil and renowned performer and novelist Alan Bissett. Throw in renowned international authors like Kapka Kassabova and Jason Donald and renowned figures of Scottish literature like Duncan McClean and you have a collection that aims to show a changing and dynamic new Scotland. Cargo Publishing has also opened the door to brand new, unpublished authors; quite simply if you want to read the best new talent in Scottish fiction, you ve come to the right place
Alight here : an anthology of Falkirk writing by Aidan Moffat( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When we think of Scottish literature we think first of the urban grit which came from Edinburgh and Glasgow or the rural poetry of the Highlands and Islands. No-one thinks of Falkirk. Who ever came out of Falkirk? The place may be on the map due to engineering innovations such as the Falkirk Wheel and the iconic Kelpies sculpture but the town's contribution to our nation's literature has so far been underlooked. Edited and introduced by author and playwright, Alan Bissett – originally from Hallglen in Falkirk – this collection features established writers from the area such as Aidan Moffat, th
Collected plays, 2009-2014 by Alan Bissett( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom of expression in the new Scotland by Alan Bissett( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MOIRA MONOLOGUES : and more moira monologues by Alan Bissett( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2019 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whatever gets you through the night( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Death of a ladies' man by Alan Bissett( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Ephemera produced by Alan Bissett for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum] by Alan Bissett( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Outside of a dog ... : an anthology of new writing( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ballads of the book( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Damage land : new Scottish gothic fiction
BoyracersThe incredible Adam SparkDamage land : new Scottish gothic fictionIn the event of fireStone going home againThe flight of the turtleThe book that changed my lifeOutside of a dog ... : an anthology of new writing
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Alan Bissett British writer

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Alan Bissett Scottish writer

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